The most up-to-date check revealed four possible destinations for Carson Wentz, but only one of them is the “strongly preferred” trading partner for the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback. And, with the way things have unfolded (if reports are true), Wentz should have quite a bit of leverage in the matter.
While the Chicago Bears had emerged as the leading team to land Wentz’s services, the 28-year-old would probably push to be traded to the Indianapolis Colts. For starters, they are the better overall team and are more likely to compete for a Super Bowl faster than the Bears.
Then, there is the issue of Wentz already having a relationship with Colts head coach Frank Reich — plus, the fact that Indianapolis is a less rabid sports town. The fans are tamer. The media is softer.
The other two teams linked to Wentz thus far are the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans.
Chris Simms: Wentz Prefers Colts Over Bears
According to Pro Football Talk’s Chris Simms, those are the exact reasons why Wentz’s camp is pushing hard for a reunion with Reich in Indianapolis. Chicago is way too similar to the messy situation he would be stepping out of in Philly. It’s actually worse since Chicago has yet to start their rebuild and dismantling of the coaching staff. The Bears are one losing season — and one more underachieving quarterback — from starting over. Is Wentz the next Mitchell Trubisky?
Florio: For Wentz especially, he shouldn’t want to go to Chicago because it’s kind of like Philly.
Florio: You’re stepping into the same problems, and there’s more pressure on you to perform right out of the gates. In Indianapolis, I think he would have more leeway, he would have more of a chance to develop. If I’m Wentz, I strongly prefer the Colts over the Chicago Bears.
Simms: And I was told he does. I was told by some people I trust that he prefers the Colts’ situation, certainly.
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Philly Sports Radio Donating to Wentz’s Foundation
File this under “Good Samaritan” — worth nothing since good deeds are so rare today.
John Kincade of 97.5 The Fanatic has introduced #Project11 on Twitter where he is asking Eagles fans to “flood his foundation with donations.”
The Philly sports radio talker asked his listeners to all pitch in $11 to the AO1 Foundation as a tribute to his jersey number. The gesture comes in direct opposition to the national media narrative that Philly fans somehow forced Wentz out of town.
According to the foundation’s Twitter page as of 6:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Eagles fans had raised more than $5,000 in the first 10 hours. Hopefully, this gesture helps shoot down the notion that Wentz needs a fresh start because of unruly behavior in Philly.
Earlier in the day, Simms — son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms — made a not-so-flattering remark about Eagles fans. But not to worry. SportsRadio 94WIP’s Glen Macnow promptly put him in his place.