Last offseason, two of the most impactful trades involved wide receivers Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins. Although we could see more star pass-catchers on the move, keep your eyes on quarterbacks in the coming months…
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Philadelphia Eagles Receive: First-Round Pick
The Philadelphia Eagles’ 2020 season started with Carson Wentz under center and ended with Jalen Hurts as the starter. With that said, general manager Howie Roseman isn’t interested in trading the former, per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Roseman may have to change his tune in the offseason. According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, head coach Doug Pederson and Wentz have a relationship that’s “fractured beyond repair.” Per the report, the Pro Bowl quarterback will request a trade.
Yet according to Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press, there is hope within the organization that Wentz can reconcile his relationship with the team, but he’ll need time to contemplate his future.
If Wentz tries to force his way out of Philadelphia, Roseman should at least listen to offers for a quarterback who can fetch premium draft capital.
Before an abysmal 2020 campaign, Wentz helped lead the Eagles to three playoff berths as a rising star in the league. At 28 years old, he can change a franchise’s long-term outlook.
The Denver Broncos have struggled to find a long-term answer at quarterback since Peyton Manning’s four-year run with the team.
Then-acting general manager John Elway selected Drew Lock in the second round of the 2019 draft. He’s shown inconsistencies in the two years since and ironically threw for the same number of touchdowns (16) and interceptions (15) as Wentz in 2020.
Elway will take on an “elevated role” with the Broncos but give up general managerial control, which will allow someone else to have the final say on the roster, per Mike Klis of 9News:
” Elway is no longer in charge of the team’s roster. The GM he helps hires to be his successor will have final say. Lock may still the favorite to become the Broncos’ opening day quarterback in 2021. But there is a chance the new GM, and head coach Vic Fangio, may look through free agency or trade for a veteran quarterback with significant starting experience.”
The new general manager may want to call the Eagles about their disgruntled quarterback who’s started 68 games in five seasons.
Denver can release cornerback A.J. Bouye and defensive end Jurrell Casey to clear approximately $25.2 million in cap space for Wentz’s incoming contract. Bouye will miss the first two contests of the 2021 campaign while serving a six-game performance-enhancing drug suspension. Casey missed 13 games with a torn biceps in 2020.
NFL team draft picks courtesy of Tankathon.com.