Bears never made an offer for Carson Wentz

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The Eagles’ decision to trade Carson Wentz to the Colts may seem to some like the Bears missed out. Unless the Bears were never really in it.

In reality, the Bears did some homework on Wentz but never made an offer, according to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports.

Bears General Manager Ryan Pace and coach Matt Nagy know their jobs are on the line this season and know they need to find a quarterback. Mitchell Trubisky, who was last year’s starter for most of the season, is a free agent next month. Nick Foles remains under contract but did not play well enough last year to give anyone any confidence that he could lead the Bears where they want to go in 2021.

So the Bears are surely doing their homework on a lot of quarterbacks. But they weren’t sold enough on Wentz to put together an offer that would have beaten the Colts’ offer.

26 responses to “Bears never made an offer for Carson Wentz

  1. This is why the Bears have never had a great franchise QB in their entire history. They don’t seem to value that position. Carson Wentz threw 81 TDs vs just 21 ints from 2017 thru 2019. He set the Eagles all time franchise record for passing yards in a season and is top 4 in most of the passing categories in the history of the Eagles franchise despite only playing 5 seasons. That’s worth trading for despite these know nothing fans who judge Wentz off of one bad season with a decimated line and mediocre receivers.

  2. Even stranger: as of this moment, there are three QBs (Wilson, Carr, Prescott) taken after the first round during that period who are projected to be with their original teams. That might change of course, but right now they’re in place.

  3. I agree with jasons81 somewhat. I think Money Mitch will be getting a ‘prove it’. Probably for silly money too. I don’t think Da Bears can afford anything else right now. Certainly not Watson!

  4. The Bears colluded with the Eagles to drive up the price for Wentz to a point where the Eagles would make the trade and to remove the competition for the Bears for available QBs moving forward. There are more QB deals coming.

  5. Best news I’ve heard from Halas Hall.

    They have Foles, deal with him for a year. Nagy & Pace are on a short leash. 2021 is over before it started.

    2022 they will be flush with cash. Hire someone else to screw things up.

  6. “rkt4mayor says:
    February 18, 2021 at 2:54 pm
    This is why the Bears have never had a great franchise QB in their entire history. They don’t seem to value that position. Carson Wentz threw 81 TDs vs just 21 ints from 2017 thru 2019. He set the Eagles all time franchise record for passing yards in a season and is top 4 in most of the passing categories in the history of the Eagles franchise despite only playing 5 seasons. That’s worth trading for despite these know nothing fans who judge Wentz off of one bad season with a decimated line and mediocre receivers.”
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    Correction: the reason the Bears have never had a “great franchise QB” is because they’ve invested heavily–at significant cost to the quality of the team as a whole–in the wrong quarterbacks. There are concerns about Wentz particularly, but I assume many of us are even more concerned not only about another bust but also the long term impacts about choosing wrongly. That’s why I and others–say, Brad Biggs @ Chicago Tribune, who floated Ryan Fitzpatrick in a column today–are willing to accept a potentially lesser free agent signing (i.e., Winston) as a bridge QB while the skill positions are rebuilt via the draft and selective free agency. Which we won’t be able to do if we give up future draft capital and young talent to take a flyer on Carr or Wentz or whomever (because we don’t have a shot at Watson).

  7. jimjets says:
    February 18, 2021 at 2:13 pm
    Good, maybe that means they’re in on Darnold. The more the merrier to me on that front.
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    Why trade anything for Darnold when they could simply make an offer to Mitch for him to stay? Mitch’s lowest QB rating has been better then Darnold’s highest.

  8. So the same media who speculated that the Bears were in the running.

    Now say they never made an offer.

    Hate Ryan Pace or not. But, rarely do his big moves get leaked ahead of time.

  9. The Bears should sign the QB that’s won over 65% of his starts the last three seasons and led his team to the playoffs twice in that time frame. He was on the team last season and his name is Trubisky. He will come cheap and will allow the Bears to draft his replacement. Stay away from other teams rejects.

  10. shihtzumum says:
    February 18, 2021 at 2:54 pm
    I agree with jasons81 somewhat. I think Money Mitch will be getting a ‘prove it’. Probably for silly money too. I don’t think Da Bears can afford anything else right now. Certainly not Watson!
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    The moment Nagy didn’t let Trubisky run the 2-minute drill at the end of the half, in the playoff game against the Saints proved Trubisky isn’t coming back.

    He just doesn’t fit their system. They had to keep rolling him out of the pocket to make him comfortable. That’s not what Nagy wanted.

    2020 was his prove it year. He failed. He refused to learn how to read defenses and there is zero confidence that he can come back from more than one score. Unless the defense turns the ball over…and it’s against Matt Patricia or Dan Quinn.

  11. Seems like dancing to me. You don’t have a dozen reports of meetings and video conferences lasting hours with Roseman. Nor a couple reports that you wanted Wentz to agree with going to Chicago. Now after the smoke clears, you say you were never interested?? If Wentz had said he’d love playing for Chicago and video conference with coach and GM; he’d have been a Chicago Bear a week ago. Wentz wanted a trade to Indianapolis.

  12. So the MANY tweets by ALL the media about the Bears having the best offer for Wentz…an offer “bear” in mind NOBODY in Chicago denied and most even added what players were mentioned in possible offers. Truth is Chicago is trying to save face because Wentz refused to go to a team that has their GM and coach are potentially lame ducks. Which btw Bears fans I disagree with.

  13. Watching Mitch Trubisky the last 4 years has been torture but to be honest, in the Bears’ current situation I’m not sure you don’t just bring him back on a one-year deal and if it fails (highly likely) then he, Nagy and Pace all take the same train out of town. If the McCaskeys have told Pace (as they should) that he can’t trade any picks beyond this year’s then he doesn’t have enough ammunition to get anything but another Foles-caliber veteran in trade and can’t move up high enough from 20 for a top prospect in the draft either. They’re really hosed.

  14. dino2997 says:
    February 18, 2021 at 3:13 pm
    The Bears colluded with the Eagles to drive up the price for Wentz to a point where the Eagles would make the trade and to remove the competition for the Bears for available QBs moving forward. There are more QB deals coming.
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    You’re giving Ryan Pace way too much credit to think of something like this

  15. “are willing to accept a potentially lesser free agent signing (i.e., Winston) as a bridge QB”
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    I’m kind of amazed there is anybody who’d argue with that idea. There are really people so high on Wentz they’d bet the farm that he’d outperform Winston? Put them on the same team and Winston would be the favorite to win the job outright, even without considering that you could have him for WAY less money.

  16. The less Pace digs the hole the Bears are in this year by not forfeiting future assets, the better. That way the new GM/Coaching regime in 2022 won’t have to start in a hole itself….

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