It appears that a familiar theory involving the Philadelphia Eagles, their signal-caller Carson Wentz, and an oft-mentioned potential trade partner is beginning to resurface. While many of us have been chopping at this tree for a while, that doggone big old oak seemingly has refused to fall, but while there were some rumblings earlier in February’s first full week, none of which, were said loudly or attached any names of note.
Then, on the first Thursday of the month, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tossed a rock in the pool and made a few waves when he reported that teams were interested in acquiring 11 and were beginning to call the NovaCare Complex to try to see if the Birds would be willing to deal. Then, he reiterated that again on Friday during an episode of Good Morning Football.
Is interest in the Philadelphia Eagles’ signal-caller heating up again?
Sure, we’ve heard all of this before. Often, the Indianapolis Colts were mentioned as a possible landing spot, but there were reports that refuted that.
A month ago, Dan Orlovsky appeared on Pat McAfee’s show and stated that, from where he was sitting, any trade momentum that had existed on that front had shifted. Now, it appears that’s a thing again as a very familiar face to Birds fans offered a new twist in the ever-evolving tale of Philly and their seemingly disgruntled signal-caller.
The NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, a guy who knows a thing or two about Birds football, joined The Morning Show on 94 WIP-FM and added a new take on everything. Here’s a quote.
"I do know that the Eagles have had conversations with the Indianapolis Colts already. Here is the thing about the Colts, and this is why they were never strongly in the running for Matthew Stafford. These guys are really good at what they do draft-wise. They believe in themselves, so every pick that they deal away they think to themselves ‘I just dumped away a good player’, where as some GMs might say ‘Eh, you know what, I may have missed on that pick anyway.’ These guys believe they are going to hit on every single one, so what they do is, they are a little slow playing when it comes to (dealing away) these draft picks and trades."
Garafolo also mentioned the Carolina Panthers, the New England Patriots, and the New Orleans Saints as potential landing spots, although one might question Carson Wentz’s ability to handle the hard-nosed coaching style of Sean Payton when he struggled with Doug Pederson and, before that, former Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks coach John DeFilippo.
This one’s a long way from being over. It’s hard to imagine that we’ll see something by the end of the eve of the Super Bowl, but you never know. Keep an eye on this one Birds fans. It appears that a Carson Wentz trade is more likely now than it was a few hours ago.