Jalen Hurts (not Carson Wentz) will gather Eagles receivers for workouts

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As the Eagles try to build leverage for a Carson Wentz trade, circumstances continue to make it harder for the Eagles to maximize the return on a quarterback whose contract they’d love to dump.

John Clark of NBC Sports Philly-delphia recently reported that “a group of the Eagles young receivers” plan to work out with quarterback Jalen Hurt in Texas, at some point in the next month.

No similar reports have surfaced regarding Wentz. Presumably, that’s because Wentz still wants out and because momentum has pointed in the direction of a trade for a while now.

The process has become bogged down by the team’s desire to get more than whatever has, or hasn’t, been offered. Eagles great Ron Jaworski recently said that the Colts have offered only a pair of second-round picks. The Philadelphia Inquirer also has reported that no first-round picks have been put on the table.

The question becomes whether the Eagles will take the best deal they can get before a $10 million roster bonus becomes due on March 19, or whether they’ll pay the money to Wentz and wait for a better offer to materialize later.

They’ve played the waiting game before and won. In 2016, the Eagles supposedly were ready to roll out Sam Bradford for Week One, with Wentz (then a rookie) on the bench. The Vikings lost Teddy Bridgewater not long before the season opener, and the Eagles quickly landed a first-round pick and a fourth-round pick for Bradford.

Serious quarterback injuries, especially in practice, are extremely rare, however. Even then, many teams are content to opt for the next man up than to pay a king’s ransom for a plug-and-play replacement.

The Eagles also could wait for the outcome of the current quarterback carousel. Maybe a quarterback-needy team strikes out in free agency or the trade market, making that team interested in Wentz. Maybe a team that plans to address its needs in the draft fails to get the guy it wants.

However it plays out, the Eagles are playing a dangerous game of chess, checkers, and chicken. They want more than whatever they’re being offered. To get more, they have to risk losing the offer(s) they already may have.

Ultimately, owner Jeffrey Lurie will have to be persuaded to write a $10 million check to Wentz as the seed money for an effort to attract a better bird than the one they currently hold in their hands. Given the very real chance that the money could end up being wasted, a team like the Colts needs simply to sit back and wait.

Maybe in the end the Eagles will let the roster-bonus deadline pass and pay the $10 million, if only to finagle a better trade package for Wentz. Indeed, it seems like the Eagles are as concerned (if not more concerned) with how the trade will look than they are in simply getting the best deal for Wentz that they can.

30 responses to “Jalen Hurts (not Carson Wentz) will gather Eagles receivers for workouts

  1. Wentz will have to grow thicker skin because someone is coming for his job and pouting doesn’t cut it in the NFL.

  2. Seahawks should consider trading Russell “Big-Game Loser” Wilson for Wentz. They couldn’t do any worse with him, when you consider that Seattle has paid Wilson hundreds of millions of dollars for basically nothing.

  3. There he came and there he Wentz. The good thing about the Eagles position is nothing. They need to take whatever they can get and move on from that insane contract. Are they going to take a haircut? Absolutely. But keeping him on the books and trying to rebuild is impossible because of cap space and REAL talent level and the rest of the NFL knows it. Hey Philly… don’t expect anyone to do you any favors by overpaying you as you foolishly did him.

  4. People say Hurts is average but I’d rather pay $1.4 million for average than the $35 million they pay Wentz for average.

  5. And the price just went down more. Not sure we have seen enough of Hurts to get a sample. First impression is average at best. Maybe with an off season of work he can excel. Wentz is weak to me. Step up and be vocal. He should say something. Anything. Even through his agent.

  6. candlestickkid says:
    February 14, 2021 at 1:44 pm
    Seahawks should consider trading Russell “Big-Game Loser” Wilson for Wentz. They couldn’t do any worse with him, when you consider that Seattle has paid Wilson hundreds of millions of dollars for basically nothing.

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    Ummmm….Wilson took Seattle to two SBs and won one of them. Meanwhile, Wentz has never even won a postseason game.

  7. Hurts may not be much but he’s a big improvement on Carson Yutz. He single-handedly made it impossible for the Eagles to win due to his terrible decision making and holding the ball too long and getting sacked. Then he’d walk off the field like “Oh well, I still get paid.”

    Why would any team give up anything for that entitled clown? His play the last two years (after he got his big contract) have been lackluster at best. At worst it’s been something you’d expect from a 3rd string QB.

  8. People say Hurts is average but I’d rather pay $1.4 million for average than the $35 million they pay Wentz for average.————————

    As a Cowboys fan, that dilemma sounds very familiar. Id rather see Jerry draft a QB and keep Dalton around one more year than give into Dak and his idiot agent for 40 freaking million a year!

  9. Can’t really judge a QB off a rookie season with no training camp. Hurts can be a good QB,but who really knows ?

  10. The Eagles should be taking that two 2nd round draft picks deal from the Colts ASAP. Nobody is going to give them a 1st rounder with Wentz’s contract and they’re delusional if they think different.

  11. Niners fan here, but whoever called Wilson a “Big game loser” knows less than nothing about football.

    I don’t like Wilson (because he’s so good) but he is a good QB that has taken his team to 2 Superbowls, which is better than most QBs in the league.

    Give credit where credit is due.

  12. Headline is irrelevant. Everyone already knows Wentz is toast in Phila. What teams will pay depends on whether they think they can “fix” him.

  13. neverdieeasy says:
    February 14, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    And the price just went down more. Not sure we have seen enough of Hurts to get a sample. First impression is average at best. Maybe with an off season of work he can excel. Wentz is weak to me. Step up and be vocal. He should say something. Anything. Even through his agent.
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    Yup. The Colts seem to be the only real option with his best time coming under Frank Reich and all that, and they have a stable foundation but its still not for certain he can ever get back to playing like that. Then youve got the Bears. Ugh, imagine how that would go.

  14. “Still hard to believe the Eagles got a first and fourth for Sam freakin Bradford lol”

    Timing is everything!

  15. If they don’t trade him it sure will be awkward with his other teammates if Hurts is the one doing all the off-season workouts. Not exactly textbook team unifying strategy.

  16. Niners fan here, but whoever called Wilson a “Big game loser” knows less than nothing about football.

    I don’t like Wilson (because he’s so good) but he is a good QB that has taken his team to 2 Superbowls, which is better than most QBs in the league. ——————————

    Wilson has done nothing since he signed his huge contract. He’s terrible in big post season games. The Seahawks return on investment has been horrible. He refuses to renegotiate to give them cap space, then publicly complains about management failures that in all reality are partly due to him. Not to mention he’s gotten numerous offensive coordinators fired (that the Seahawks are still paying $$ millions to) that aren’t with the team anymore. Now you tell me who knows less than nothing about football?

  17. Hurts’ throwing motion is a train wreck. It’s the same windup Tebow had, that makes his release slow and easier to disrupt.

  18. As much as everyone would love a Mahomes vs Brady rematch in the Super Bowl it’s unlikely to happen. We are going to see Hurts vs Mahomes in possibly many Super Bowls! Hurts will be the MVP of the league next season.

  19. From what i saw Hurts is a slower Lamar Jackson who is a slightly better passer. Thats not gonna be good enough. You can win regular season games, but you can’t win a superbowl with that kind of qb. Hurts has a good attitude and work ethic though so he will make a fine bridge to whomever they draft in the next 3 years.

  20. If you are a team that might want Wentz as your starter next season, fine, I may not get it, but that’s the path you’ve decided.

    But why would you try to trade for him now? YOU have all of the leverage, not the Eagles. Philadelphia needs to unload the contract as soon as possible.

    Offering a 1st round pick makes absolutely no sense. Even if he was on his rookie contract he wouldn’t be worth that.

  21. Hurts is a better leader than Wentz. The only advantage Wentz has is maybe slightly better arm. But arm strength at times is overrated. Hurts is the QB of the future in Philly.

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