With rumors swirling around Carson Wentz, a trade feels closer by the minute.
But where will he be heading?
Fanduel Sportsbook thinks a reunion with Frank Reich in Indy is in order, as the Colts have claimed the best odds of landing the QB at +125:
Philly fans: I know you feel strongly about this! 🦅
— Erin Kate Dolan (@erinkatedolan) February 10, 2021
The Bears, who are looking to move on from the lackluster play of Mitch Trubisky, sit in the second spot at +150:
However, the most surprising and noteworthy development in the latest odds is Houston moving up the board at +450. This change could simply be due to the lack of other interested teams. Or, perhaps a franchise-altering shakeup is on the way?
Texans Take A Big Leap In Odds
With superstar Deshaun Watson wanting out, a QB change down south could be in order.
What would a Wentz to Houston trade look like? The Texans have no picks in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft due to owing their third-overall selection to Miami.
With reports that Howie Roseman is seeking two first-rounders in return for Wentz, the Texans would either have to give up their 2022 first or find potential compensation elsewhere.
But the juiciest potential scenario that could come out of all this? A Wentz-for-Watson swap. After all, we did just see Jared Goff, another struggling QB with potential, traded for a proven commodity in Matthew Stafford.
Still, I can’t see this happening for a number of reasons. The Rams gave up premium draft capital (two firsts and a third) along with Goff for Stafford. The Eagles would have to do the same and then some.
For a team that finished 4-11-1 and has major holes across the field, giving up assets right now isn’t a smart idea.
If the Texans get a haul for Watson and decide that one of those first-round picks is worth trading for Wentz, then they are a very realistic spot. But for those already dreaming of Watson in midnight green, it might be good to slow your rolls.
The Colts Are Still In The Hunt
The Colts have always been the popular Wentz destination ever since trade rumors started.
Shortly after the season ended, Indianapolis’ interest in the quarterback was seemingly downplayed, but since then it’s only gone up. They reportedly believe they have what’s needed to revive Wentz’s career:
Here’s what I know:
*The Colts are definitely in on Carson Wentz
*Yes, the compensation the Eagles initially asked for is two first-rd picks-plus
*Colts would never pay that
*Colts are confident they can “fix” him
*And, now, we wait. https://t.co/P6jL6IEbo9
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) February 8, 2021
The Colts are a smart football team, and it’s extremely unlikely they would bite and overpay for Wentz. As long as the value of trade offers from all potential suitors remain in the same ballpark, they’ll stay in the race.
For Wentz, that’s good to hear. Out of all the teams on the list with reasonable odds, only the Colts and Patriots seem to be the best bets to turn Wentz around.
What’s The Rest Of The Field Looking Like?
The Bears are still right in the thick of things. John DeFilippo, the Eagles’ QB coach from 2016-17, was just named passing game coordinator, creating potential familiarity for Wentz.
Around this time last week, a Wentz trade to Chicago felt extremely close. The rumored package involved fan-favorite Nick Foles and a first-round pick.
Those rumors have seemed to cool off, likely due to Roseman seeking a hefty return of picks and players. Roseman is certainly running the risk of losing suitors due to his asking price.
Wentz to Washington, which sits at +900, wouldn’t be some outrageous move by the organization.
After all, the team traded a former franchise star in Dovanan McNabb to WFT back in 2010.
Still, the chance that Wentz reverts back to his 2017 stardom remains, and the Eagles might not want to risk having to play that version twice a year for the division title.
While Denver and New England are both longshots at +1200 and +1500, they would still make viable landing spots for Wentz.
The Patriots have about $68 million in cap space, according to Spotrac, which would certainly limit the impact Wentz’s contract has on a trade.
Meanwhile, the Broncos don’t seem committed to Drew Lock and often go for quarterbacks in the mold of Wentz.
Unless one of the unlikelier suitors jumps in and gives the Eagles an offer they can’t refuse, Chicago or Indianapolis will be the places Wentz calls home for the foreseeable future.