As the Philadelphia Eagles consider trading Carson Wentz, these other three players should be sent elsewhere regardless.
The Philadelphia Eagles, at 4-9-1 thus far, could still win the NFC East this year. No matter how they enter the offseason, the specter of trading quarterback Carson Wentz will linger. Rookie Jalen Hurts has sparked the offense since taking over, and just as importantly he has played almost turnover-free football over two-plus games thus far.
Trading Wentz will not be easy, due to the salary cap implications of the move. But he’d carry a huge cap hit if he was on the roster, so keeping or trading him may be a distinction with little difference when it comes down to it.
Looking to 2021, with the salary cap lined up to drop, the Eagles are in trouble. Spotrac has them just shy of $64.3 million over a projected cap of $175 million. Even if it’s ends up not being quite that low, the Eagles will have some serious work to do to get compliant.
The decision on Wentz will define the Eagles’ offseason. But beyond him, one way or the other, these three players should be traded.
3 players besides Carson Wentz the Eagles should trade this offseason
In two seasons back with the Eagles thus far, Jackson has played seven games and totaled 22 catches for 314 yards. He is under contract for next year, at age-35, with a cap number just over $10.9 million. He has recently been taken off IR, so he could return in Week 17 (assuming it means anything for the Eagles).
Trading Jackson would split that 2021 cap hit between dead money ($5.8 million) and cleared cap space $5.1 million). But if Jackson is injured for a significant stretch again, they’d be getting nothing from someone who currently carries the sixth-highest cap hit on the team for next year. Even with the absorption of some dead money, moving Jackson along this offseason seems like an easy move.