While the Colts are the favorites to land Wentz since Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich coached the Pro Bowler in Philadelphia, ESPN’s Max Kellerman predicts the Bears will trade for Wentz.
Carson Wentz struggled mightily in 2020
Carson Wentz didn’t look like an NFL quarterback in 2020. Before getting benched for Jalen Hurts, the former second overall pick threw 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while completing 57.4% of his passes.
The Eagles missed the playoffs in 2020 and fired head coach Doug Pederson once the season ended. Multiple reports have stated that Wentz and Pederson didn’t see eye-to-eye for most of the campaign.
Wentz was the worst starting quarterback in the league last season. The Eagles are having a hard time trading their former franchise player since he’s got a monster contract, and Philadelphia wants a “Matthew Stafford” type return for Wentz.
The Detroit Lions traded Stafford to the LA Rams for a third-round pick in 2021, two future first-round picks, and former No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff.
The Eagles will not get a grand return for Carson Wentz since his NFL value is meager. ESPN’s Max Kellerman has never been a fan of Wentz and believes many NFL aficionados overrate the 28-year-old signal-caller. That’s why he thinks the Bears will make the mistake of trading for Wentz since Chicago has a history of getting the quarterback position wrong.
Max Kellerman predicts the Bears will trade for Carson Wentz
On a recent episode of “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman debated which QB will be the Bears’ Week 1 starter next season, mentioning names like Carson Wentz, Nick Foles, and Mitchell Trubisky.
Kellerman picked Wentz since he doesn’t trust Chicago to make the smart move.
“Chicago never gets quarterback right. My whole life, they’ve never gotten quarterback right,” Kellerman said. “Carson Wentz will be the Week 1 starter. What the Bears are dealing with is an offensive line that has a hard time protecting the quarterback. So, they’d like a guy who can throw down the field like Nick Foles. But Nick Foles can’t move around, and that line can’t protect him. So, they need a guy who is mobile, like Mitch Trubisky. But Trubisky can’t throw it down the field. Carson Wentz has shown that he is both mobile and he has the ability–he’s shown in the past–to throw it down the field. So, he checks both boxes.
“In addition, John DeFilippo was Wentz’s quarterback coach when he had his best season in 2017. Not only doing all the things I just mentioned but was great on the money down, on third down. And DeFilippo has reportedly said he thinks he can fix Wentz. He has to get in there and fix him. I think other teams might be gun-shy if they don’t have a guy on the staff who is experienced with Wentz. I think the connection is there, I think the need is there, I think the misguided way the Bears think about quarterbacks is there. I think they’re going to make a deal.”
Mitchell Trubisky is a free agent this offseason, and no one expects the Bears to re-sign him. If Chicago doesn’t trade for Carson Wentz, the franchise will likely start Nick Foles in 2021.
Max Kellerman is spot-on about how the Bears never get the QB position right
Jay Cutler is the best quarterback in Bears franchise history, and he only guided the team to the playoffs once. Chicago could have drafted Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 draft, but general manager Ryan Pace traded up to select Mitchell Trubisky with the second overall pick.
Max Kellerman is spot-on about how the Bears never get the QB position right. If Chicago trades for Carson Wentz, many Windy City fans will be upset but not shocked.
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