NFL Rumors: Eagles 'close' to trading Carson Wentz; are Patriots in mix?

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Report: Eagles 'close' to trading Wentz; are Pats in mix? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Detroit Lions met Matthew Stafford's trade demands last weekend. Could the Philadelphia Eagles soon follow suit?

The Eagles are "getting close" to trading quarterback Carson Wentz, The Philadelphia Inquirer's Les Bowen reported Friday.

Bowen cites the Colts as the top suitor for Wentz; Indianapolis' head coach is former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich, and the Colts are expected to hire Press Taylor, Wentz's former QB coach in Philly, according to Bowen.

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The Patriots also are in the market for a quarterback this offseason. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer noted Friday that New England is "checking in on everything" on the QB front, so it's possible Bill Belichick at least gave the Eagles a call about Wentz.

Philly may demand a lot for its 28-year-old quarterback, though: Breer suggested the Eagles are looking for a return similar to what Detroit got for Stafford (Jared Goff, two first-round picks and a third-round pick), while Bowen pegged their asking price at "multiple draft picks."

Wentz also carries a $34.7 million cap hit and is coming off the worst campaign of his NFL career, with a 57.4% completion rate, 16 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions in 12 games.

The No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft could be a reclamation project for the Patriots, but it doesn't look like they're a front-runner for Wentz, as Bowen notes the Chicago Bears could make a run at the QB if he doesn't land in Indy.

Jeff Howe of The Athletic also reported that the Patriots "don't sound like serious suitors" in the Wentz sweepstakes, so it seems like the Pats will look elsewhere to find their 2021 starting QB.