Eagles QB Carson Wentz reportedly plans to ask for trade; should Patriots pursue him?

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Carson Wentz reportedly plans to ask for trade; should Patriots pursue him? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The New England Patriots likely will need a new starting quarterback next season, and one potential option for that role is Carson Wentz.

The Philadelphia Eagles quarterback plans to ask for a trade after the 2020 season, per ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Wentz was benched a few weeks ago in favor of Eagles rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts.

The University of Oklahoma product is 1-2 with five touchdowns, two interceptions and a 54.8 completion percentage in his first three games as a starter. Hurts also will start Sunday night's regular season finale versus the Washington Football Team.

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Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Eagles gave up a lot of assets to trade up and select him. Wentz was having an MVP campaign in 2017 until he suffered a torn ACL late in that regular season. The Eagles went on to beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl with Nick Foles at quarterback.

Wentz has played poorly in 2020. He's completed just 57.4 percent of his passes for 2,620 yards with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 12 games. 

Should the Patriots pursue Wentz if he becomes available on the trade market? In short, no. 

Wentz has four more years remaining on his contract, each with a salary cap hit over $20 million. That's a fairly steep price for a quarterback who has struggled mightily this season and would be coming to a Patriots offense with a severe lack of playmakers at running back, wide receiver and tight end.

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The amount of draft capital it would take to acquire Wentz also isn't a situation the Patriots should look into. New England could have as many as 11 picks in the 2021 draft, and with so many weaknesses on the current roster and a lack of high-end young talent, Bill Belichick should be using as many of these picks as possible. Trading them away for a struggling 28-year-old quarterback with a high salary wouldn't be a prudent move.

Finding a long-term quarterback in the 2021 draft makes the most sense for the Patriots. 

The Patriots have to do something to fix the quarterback position. Neither Cam Newton nor Jarrett Stidham look like a franchise player. Luckily for the Pats, they have a lot of draft picks and a boatload of salary cap space to work with in the coming offseason.