NFL Rumors: How Doug Pederson's Eagles exit impacts Carson Wentz trade chances

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Report: What Pederson's exit means for Wentz's future with Eagles originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

Less than three years after beating the Patriots in Super Bowl LII, Doug Pederson is out of a job -- and may have cramped New England's style again.

The Philadelphia Eagles announced Monday after they have fired Pederson after the team went 4-11-1 in 2020. Pederson finished with a winning record over five seasons in Philly, but things went south in a hurry this year as the head coach took heat for benching Carson Wentz in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts and then pulling Hurts late in a Week 17 loss to the New York Giants.

According to multiple reports, a rift developed between Wentz and Pederson that led to the quarterback planning to seek a trade after the season.

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The Patriots quickly emerged as a betting favorite to land Wentz, and with good reason: New England desperately needs a quarterback after floundering with Cam Newton in 2020, and the 28-year-old Wentz seemed like a potential reclamation projected for Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels.

After Monday's news, however, it's looking more likely that Wentz stays put.

The Eagles essentially chose Wentz over Pederson and may look to bring in a head coach willing to work with the QB. That move may have been financially motivated in part, as Philly would have to eat about $34 million by trading Wentz.

As long as Hurts is on the roster, it's worth monitoring Wentz's situation. But Wentz doesn't sound like a viable option for the Patriots as they search for their next QB.