Earlier today it was reported that the Philadelphia Eagles are set to trade quarterback Carson Wentz any day now, with the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts as the two most likely destinations for him.
In that same ESPN report, a source said that the Eagles were looking to get something along the lines of the two first round draft picks the Lions received for trading Matthew Stafford to the Rams, but The Monday Morning Quarterback’s Albert Breer said that’s not going to happen and that Philly will need to take less than that.
The latest rumor making the rounds is very Bears specific and it comes from Natalie Egenolf, who works for NBC Sports Philadelphia and Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic, and she’s saying that a Wentz to Chicago deal is close, and that the Bears would be sending a first round pick, quarterback Nick Foles, and running back Tarik Cohen to the Eagles for Wentz.
Her initial report just said a first, Foles, and an offensive player, so if it’s not Cohen (more on that later), it could be another young Bears offensive player that is under contract for a few more years.
The Colts are obviously still in the mix until something is agreed to in principle, and long time NFL reporter John Clayton makes it seem like they have the upper hand in a deal right now.
Next couple of days will be interesting. Can the Bears outbid the Colts for Carson Wentz? Something is going to happen in a trade.— John Clayton (@JohnClaytonNFL) February 7, 2021
But if the Bears are offering up a first round pick, then I don’t see how the Colts could top that, because, as I was told by a former NFL executive, Indianapolis general manager Chris Ballard “will never overpay for any player in a trade.”
Our own Bill Zimmerman, host of the Bears Banter podcast and executive producer of SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio, Tweeted out all the stuff he heard today about a possible Wentz trade.
If anyone's interested in what I've heard:— Bill Zimmerman (@ZimmermanSXM) February 7, 2021
-Framework isn't finalized
-Colts don't want to pay the price
-Texans poked around
-Foles very likely headed to Philly or Indy
-Haven't heard anything about Tarik Cohen but he did wipe his Instagram clean
-Monday or Tuesday#Bears
The Foles nugget is interesting, as the only two places he carries any value would be with the Eagles, where there’s an actual statue of him outside the stadium, and with the Colts, where he’d be reunited with his former offensive coordinator from his successful Eagles’ days, Indy head coach Frank Reich.
And this just in from Tarik Cohen himself...
Lemme clear this up real quick . Just got off the phone wit my HC and GM , bears fans we locked in don’t worry . people say anything nowadays man .— Tarik Cohen (@TarikCohen) February 7, 2021
Our guy Brandon Robinson, cohost of the Rule of 3 podcast, gave an update on what he’s heard tonight as well.
I don’t have the exact details. Never heard anything about Cohen or Ertz. Foles will be gone. Future picks will likely be in play. Possibly 2022 1st. https://t.co/YCplvLhlNt— Brandon Robinson (@BRobNFL) February 7, 2021
And now I really hope that all the Bears buzz that’s dropping tonight, because I want to go pop some popcorn and binge some Wandavision.