The Eagles have a Carson Wentz problem that they might have to let work itself out.
Jalen Hurts is a quarterback, but is he the quarterback in Philadelphia.
After the Philadelphia Eagles saw a quarterback turn in a 400 yard game performance under center, it certainly appears so. But if Hurts looks more and more like the quarterback of the Eagles future, what happens to Carson Wentz?
Wentz recently let it be known he does not wish to stay with Philadelphia if he’s a backup.
The team is expected to owe him $96 million over the next three seasons and it doesn’t get any cheaper for the Eagles if they release or trade him. They’re truly in a tough spot when it comes to what to do with Wentz next, and one of the options could be to start him one more time.
Should the Eagles give Carson Wentz one more shot as starter?
While Wentz has struggled for his own reasons, he’s not to blame for everything.
Four starters from 2019 had their seasons ended early with injuries. Not having Brandon Brooks, Andre Dillard and Lane Johnson all is a huge reason why Wentz has been sacked a career-high 50 times.
Also consider that all of Wentz’s top receiving targets have been injured for most of the season as well. The Eagles have operated well below full-strength in 2020, which is likely a contributing factor to Wentz’s struggles.
Of course, that only partially explains how it’s looking like a real possibility that Wentz will head into the offseason with career-worst numbers in nearly every offensive static. He’s far from perfect, and may indeed be a bust but the Eagles already paid for what’s broken and need to figure out if they can glue it back together enough to make something back.
Speaking of which, that mega-deal the Eagles gave Wentz makes it almost impossible to move him without eating in abhorrent amount of money. If the Eagles traded Wentz, they would be on the hook for his $15 million salary and $10 million on his roster bonus.
Cutting bait on Wentz also means admitting the sunk cost of the draft picks the Eagles moved to land him in the first place. The Eagles can’t fix the financial problems and seem to have bitten off more pride than they can swallow, so they’ll have to fix the player — or at least try.
It seems the Eagles decision is whether to pay him to sit on the bench or pay him to play for someone else — which leads back to starting him one more time to see if he’s truly as broken as he seems.