New report states Carson Wentz wants to remain with Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports) /

Wait! We’re confused. So, Carson Wentz wants to stay in Philly now?

It kind of reminds you of 1999, doesn’t it? Doug Pederson was the topic of discussion then too, but in those days, he was the Philadelphia Eagles‘ starting quarterback. People were wondering if the head coach, played by Andy Reid in this scenario, knew what he was doing, and waiting in the wings was a young star in the making at quarterback, Donovan McNabb. Make no mistake about it. If anyone knows what Carson Wentz is going through, it’s Philly’s head coach.

Well, we all know how that turned out, don’t we? Fast forward, 21 years later, and here we go again. The only issue is none of us know how this story ends. We just have to wait and see what happens.

This time, things are a tad different though. Doug Pederson knew Donovan would take over one day. Wentz was supposed to be the franchise. Now, it appears that fate has taken the Birds in another direction. Jalen Hurts, the Donovan McNabb in this story, is seeing his star rise, and on the morning of his second start, reports surfaced that Carson was interested in cranking up his ‘Wentz Wagon’ and driving it out of town.

The timing of that was questioned as some of the NFL’s most trusted voices weighed in. Here’s where things get complicated though. What if we told you that yet another of the NFL media’s most recognizable sources believes that 11 might want to stay in Philly after all?

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PFT’s Mike Florio joins a very messy conversation about Carson Wentz.

According to Mike Florio, the driving force behind NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk, a new report claims that 11 might be fine with the idea of staying in the City Of Brotherly Love. That would refute ESPN mainstay Adam Schefter’s report, one that was released a day earlier.

Is it just us, or is your head spinning too? Rob Maaddi of the Associated Press sees no validity in the theory as he stated the following via his Twitter feed shortly before Philly took the field to take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 15.

"Carson Wentz is invested in Philadelphia (and) South Jersey communities. It’s not just about him. It’s about family, friends, his AO1 Foundation, his Thy Kingdom Crumb food truck, friendships and relationships. I’m told he doesn’t want out of Philly and he hasn’t told that to anyone."

Here’s a quote from Florio’s report, released shortly after dinner time on the East Coast on the evening of December 20th.

"The easiest way to reconcile this is to say that Wentz hasn’t told that to anyone but that his agents have, and that’s quite possibly the best way to harmonize the competing reports. If the Eagles ultimately decide to try to move Wentz, there’s value in blowing up the team’s leverage and forcing its hand. Indeed, if Wentz will be traded one way or the other, it’s in his best interests to do whatever he can to ensure that the new team gives up as little as possible to get him, so that he’ll have more help in the form of players and draft picks with his next franchise."

Call it a crazy theory, but someone has gotten their wires crossed. Only time will tell who that someone is. Keep both eyes on this one though. It appears that we’re all a long way from the finish line.