Philadelphia Eagles: Might Rivers retiring open up serious trade talks?

Carson Wentz (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Carson Wentz (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Well, the Philadelphia Eagles may still move on from Carson Wentz. As you know, they’ve been linked to the Indianapolis Colts regarding a possible trade for their former second-overall selection for quite some time now. This has been a common conversation between not only their fanbase but the national media as well.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on January 20th that Philip Rivers will officially retire after 17 seasons in the NFL. One of the biggest holes in Eagles-Colts trade rumors involved the fact that no one knew if he’d return for the 2021 season, but now that he has, who knows? This is a theory that could become a reality.

There have been conflicting reports on what the Birds actually want to do with Wentz. Are they going to try and get him back on track? Will they decide to cut their losses and move on? The biggest issue is no one outside of the Iggles’ organization has a single clue. There’s also the possibility that number 11 might want out, so a trade is likely, right?

Let’s discuss possible Philadelphia Eagles and Colts scenarios?

Here’s the answer to the question everyone is asking. A trade is indeed extremely possible. Indianapolis has the third most cap space heading into the 2021 season, just north of 65 million. Carson Wentz’s camp has already put out that he would be willing to facilitate a trade to help whatever team that may be interested.

It’s already common knowledge that the Birds would experience a cap hit if they traded Wentz. What isn’t known is what type of compensation would the Iggles want in return? What would the Colts be willing to give up?

Considering the Colts are currently drafting 21st in the upcoming selection meeting, they would have to give up a lot of draft capital to move up in an attempt to get one of the big-ticket quarterbacks, so giving Philadelphia their 2021 first-round selection and, possibly, a future second-round selection might be just what the doctor ordered to get Wentz out of town.

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Options are there. One might even believe that there’s the possibility that the Eagles could also be in trade talks with Indy to move tight end, Zach Ertz. That’s something else to consider. Unfortunately, no one knows, so each and every one of us will just have to wait and see.