Trading disgruntled star quarterback Carson Wentz may end one Eagles quarterback controversy — and start another.
Philadelphia isn’t committed to handing over the starting job to Jalen Hurts, as previously believed, and could look to trade for a quarterback or draft another in the 2021 NFL Draft, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
“I don’t think they’re just set at the quarterback position,” Schefter said Wednesday on “The John Kincade Show” on 97.5 The Fanatic.
The Eagles have been trying to find a trade partner for Wentz — and his albatross of a $128 million contract — for weeks, and it’s expected either the Colts or Bears will acquire the former MVP candidate.
The 28-year-old Wentz reportedly requested a trade after he was benched for poor play in December.
During his four starts in place of Wentz, Hurts, a second-round draft pick in last year’s draft, showed flashes on the ground and through the air, and seemed on his way to winning the starting job next fall.
But then the Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson and hired Nick Sirianni, who may want to bring in his own quarterback.
The Eagles likely would need to trade up — like they did when the picked Wentz second overall in 2016 — from the sixth pick to select one of the top quarterback prospects, Ohio State’s Justin Fields or BYU’s Zach Wilson.
Fields and Wilson are regarded as better prospects than Hurts was last spring.
Another option would be trading Wentz to Chicago for Nick Foles and draft picks.
Such a move may be welcomed by Eagles fans. Foles relieved an injured Wentz during the 2017 season and led Philadelphia to its first Super Bowl title.