It felt like we were destined to get to this point in time with this quarterback for this franchise being run by this General Manager.
After the benching of Carson Wentz, a lot of uncertainty has risen about his future here with the Philadelphia Eagles. The rumors started almost immediately and have only intensified over the last few days following the Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff swap. While Carson hasn’t officially requested a trade, at least publicly, he hasn’t helped himself by declining to speak to the media after the end of the season or at any point in this offseason so far.
I for one think trading Carson Wentz is an absolute mistake. You can’t just tell me after 4 years of high-level quarterback play that this season was the real Carson. I refuse to believe that Carson Wentz just can’t play quarterback any longer, he was too damn good before this year.
Here are the possible destinations for Carson Wentz:
31. Kansas City Chiefs
30. Buffalo Bills
29. Baltimore Ravens
28. Arizona Cardinals
27. Seattle Seahawks
26. Los Angeles Chargers
25. Los Angeles Rams
Not Likely, But I’ve Seen Crazier:
24. Green Bay Packers – There are serious thoughts that Aaron Rodgers has played his final game in Green Bay.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – How long can Tom Brady really do it? Bruce Arians is a great offensive coach, especially with quarterbacks.
22. Cincinnati Bengals – Joe Burrow played well before his season was ended by a terrible injury. If there are any lingering doubts of Burrow returning to form, it’s a possibility.
21. Detroit Lions – A week or so ago the Lions would have been ranked a lot higher. I’m still not convinced that Goff is better than Wentz.
20. New York Jets – Have the #2 overall pick in the upcoming draft which could be one of the two top quarterbacks, Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields. Does Joe Douglass’ relationship with Carson force him into another direction for the draft and then trade for Carson?
19. Jacksonville Jaguars – Have the #1 overall pick and should take Trevor Lawrence. But does new head coach Urban Meyer want a more established quarterback to lead the Jags?
18. Cleveland Browns – Baker Mayfield may have answered many critics this season leading the Browns to 11 wins, their first playoff berth since 2002, and a playoff win over their rivals Steelers.
17. Tennessee Titans – Just signed Ryan Tannehill to an extension but it wasn’t long term.
16. Miami Dolphins – They just wasted the #5 overall pick on Tua Tagovailoa, who stinks, but they are tied to him for at least another year or so. The Dolphins have been a rumored destination for Deshaun Watson.
13-15. Washington Football Team/Dallas Cowboys/New York Giants – The entire NFC East has question marks at quarterback, no denying that. How likely is an inter-division trade of a franchise quarterback? I’d love it, personally, so Carson could come back twice a year and absolutely shove it to Howie and Lurie!
12. Las Vegas Raiders – What do they do with Derek Carr? Is he their long-term answer as they plant their roots in Sin City?
11. Minnesota Vikings – Kirk Cousins is still signed for another year, but will they extend him?
So, You’re Saying There’s A Chance:
10. Houston Texans – Houston was initially listed under the “No Shot” section before Deshaun Watson requested a trade. Would the two franchises swap franchise quarterbacks and start over?
9. Atlanta Falcons – Although Matt Ryan is still playing at an above-average level there is a new front office and coaching staff in Atlanta. Detroit finally made the tough decision to move on from their franchise quarterback, are the Falcons next?
8. Pittsburgh Steelers – Big Ben is done. While not officially announcing anything his place on the empty bench after the Steelers lost to the Browns in the playoffs said it all. The Steelers have a plethora of wide receiver weapons at their disposal and trading for Wentz would keep them in the mix at the top of the AFC North.
7. New England Patriots – Bill Belichick is still searching for a quarterback since Tom Brady left for Tampa. They tried to buy low on Cam Newton but that didn’t work. Obviously, Jarrett Stidham isn’t the answer, or they wouldn’t have run Cam out there all year. The rumor was Matthew Stafford nixed a deal to head to New England, who can blame him. New England has worse weapons on offense than the Eagles, and that’s sad.
6. Carolina Panthers – Recent rumor of the Panthers trading the eighth overall pick and Robbie Anderson to the Eagles for Wentz. Of course, Robbie Anderson, who Howie could have signed as a free agent, would be involved in a trade rumor for Carson. Typical Howie.
5. Denver Broncos – The quarterback woes continue for the Broncos as Drew Lock is not the answer, at least right now. The Broncos have used a lot of recent draft capital on wide receivers and just need a capable quarterback to distribute the football. Does John Elway finally make the deal to bring in a legit starter in this league?
4. San Francisco 49ers – Kyle Shanahan’s super-duper offense is still searching for its quarterback. Do they continue to ride the Jimmy Garoppolo train, or do they upgrade the most important position in the sport?
3. Chicago Bears – Yes, Mitchell Trubisky had played well down the stretch here heading into the playoffs, but he stinks. Most recent rumors have the Bears as the “leader in the clubhouse” for Carson as they have reportedly submitted a very large offer to Howie Roseman.
2. New Orleans Saints – The second most logical destination. Drew Brees’ playing days are done, albeit not officially. Yet. Sean Payton has come out and said he likes the tools that Carson Wentz has and thinks he could “fix” him if he indeed needs fixing. The Saints have a great running attack and wide receivers to help Carson. Also, the Saints don’t have anything else in terms of quarterbacks on the roster, actual quarterbacks not running backs pretending to be quarterbacks.
1. Indianapolis Colts – We’ve finally reached the most logical landing spot for Carson. Wentz has come out and said he’d love to be reunited with Frank Reich and claims he doesn’t “trust” anyone else but him. The Colts didn’t acquire Stafford and clearly are looking for a quarterback. They have a great offensive line, running attack, and young productive wide receivers that would make the Colts the team to beat in the AFC South.