The Carson Wentz period in Philadelphia got here to an finish immediately, as the previous second-overall choose was dealt to the Colts. However, simply because Wentz was despatched packing, that doesn’t essentially imply Jalen Hurts will slide into the beginning spot. Sources inform ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen that the Eagles intend to usher in “competitors” at quarterback, and the “beginning job is just not anticipated to robotically go to Hurts.”
The Eagles made a major dedication to Hurts after they chosen him within the second spherical of final yr’s draft, and the previous Alabama/Oklahoma standout confirmed flashes of potential in the course of the 2020 season. Hurts finally began 4 of his 15 appearances this previous season, finishing 52 p.c of his passes for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. He added one other 354 speeding yards and three touchdowns on 63 carries.
It’s fairly clear that Hurts is the inheritor obvious on the quarterback spot, so this report might be principally lip service … groups don’t need their younger gamers to relaxation on their laurels. Rather, the workforce is probably going trying towards a veteran free agent who will present some additional motivation to the younger sign caller.
Let’s try some extra Wentz-centric notes:
The Colts ended up sending Philly a 2021 third-round choose and a conditional 2022 second-round choose. According to Zak Keefer of The Athletic, Indy’s provide “hadn’t modified all that a lot throughout 10 days of negotiations.” The Colts entrance workplace finally believed the compensation was “honest,” they usually by no means supposed to “meet the Eagles’ preliminary calls for of a number of first-round picks.” Per Keefer, the Colts understood that Wentz wasn’t their solely possibility to interchange Philip Rivers, and the entrance workplace was weighing different choices whereas negotiating with Philadelphia.
We realized earlier immediately that the Bears had inquired on Wentz however by no means made a definitive provide. The identical goes for the Patriots. According to Jeff Howe of the The Athletic, New England known as the Eagles concerning the quarterback however misplaced curiosity after they heard the asking worth. As the reporter notes, the Patriots are unlikely to “overpay for a veteran if it’s not an ideal match,” particularly at this level within the offseason.
How did it get so far between Wentz and the Eagles? ESPN’s Tim McManus writes that the drafting of Hurts might have marked the “starting of the top,” however there have been loads of extra elements that got here into play in the course of the 2020 season. As the Eagles losses and accidents continued to mount, (former) head coach Doug Pederson stripped Wentz of “a lot of his management over the offense.” As a end result, Wentz vicariously misplaced religion in his head coach and the system.
Wentz didn’t simply lose religion in Pederson. Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that Wentz “misplaced religion in [general manager Howie Roseman‘s] determination making. Wentz held an identical sentiment towards proprietor Jeffrey Lurie, who supported his GM and the entrance workplace’s determination to pick out Hurts within the second spherical.