Even if it sounds like nonsense to Eagles fans, the Denver Broncos should ask about quarterback Carson Wentz and what it would cost to get him.
The idea that a Super Bowl winning team would trade their starting quarterback in his 20s to another team while on a rookie contract is preposterous, right?
The Philadelphia Eagles, however, didn’t win a Super Bowl with Carson Wentz under center. They won the Super Bowl with Nick Foles, and if they are going to win back-to-back Super Bowls, it will be with Wentz on the sidelines yet again.
Because of Carson Wentz’s availability — or lack thereof — over the past two seasons at a critical time for the Eagles, would they actually entertain trade offers for him this offseason? It’s not likely, but it doesn’t hurt to ask.
Allbright is correct — the worst you can be told is ‘no’ and the Broncos have explored crazier ideas in the past. As a matter of fact, the Broncos were a team that traded a 20-something Pro Bowl quarterback for a huge haul of draft picks.
There is precedence for a trade of this magnitude at the quarterback position, but convincing the Eagles to part with one of their most prized players would not be easy.
Foles leading the team to a second championship would certainly make things difficult.
Even if Foles is not near the talent level of Wentz, it’s undeniable how the team rallies with him under center. With Foles leading the way, the Eagles have beaten the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Texans, and now the Chicago Bears over the past four weeks (they also beat Washington).
Since the beginning of the 2017 season, the Eagles are 10-2 in games (including playoffs) Foles starts. He is a perfect 4-0 so far in postseason play.
It’s not that Wentz is a slouch, by any means, but the Eagles have played so well with Foles it’s hard to imagine they will just let him walk this offseason.
Would they choose to build their team around him, though? That’s a tough call. Howie Roseman, Doug Pederson, and the rest of the Eagles’ brass have a really difficult decision ahead of them. Should they deal the quarterback they invested so much in before the 2016 NFL Draft who has played at an MVP level when healthy, or should they let go of the guy who led them to their first Super Bowl in franchise history and a 10-2 record (and at the worst, 10-3) over the last two seasons?
This is not meant to be clickbait, nor is it meant to be overly wishful thinking. This is just an idea based on the fact that Philadelphia is going to move on from one quarterback — in all likelihood — this offseason.
If Wentz is even remotely on the table, the Broncos (and other QB needy teams) should start making offers as soon as the Eagles’ season is over.
The Broncos have the 10th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and can offer future first-round picks, as well as a veteran player the Eagles may be interested in.
And no, not Von Miller. The Eagles simply don’t have the cap space to be able to take on Von Miller’s contract with the way their team is currently constructed.
Every player in the NFL has a price, even if it’s prohibitive. If Elway called the Eagles up and asked what they wanted for Foles, even if they said, “You could never afford it,” Elway could always come back with, “Try me.”
The worst thing the Broncos could do is not look into this potential scenario. Wentz was their top-ranked quarterback coming out of college in 2016 when Gary Kubiak was the head coach. Kubiak is rumored to be returning to the coaching staff in some way, shape, or form, and if the Broncos have to pay a king’s ransom to get a legitimate quarterback in the building, then so be it.
Ultimately, this type of pipe-dream scenario will probably never come to fruition, but it’s fun to talk about. The Broncos obviously need a quarterback and if a situation like this is on the table, they should explore it.