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Bears Appear Ready To Swing For Fences With Carson Wentz Trade

  • The Draft Network
  • February 8, 2021
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The Bears are poised to make a splash in the quarterback trade market, and Carson Wentz could be off to Chicago sooner than we all believed.

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Following multiple reports, Wentz’s departure from the Eagles is now a case of when not if for a disgruntled quarterback whose career is spiraling in Philadelphia. 

Historically, the Bears have consistently sat below average when it comes to play at the most paramount position in professional sports. Jim McMahon, Rex Grossman, and Jay Cutler represent the grim trio of notable signal-callers to suit up for Chicago in the last 40 (!) seasons. I’m not kidding. For a franchise with the history and tradition of Chicago; The Monsters of the Midway, Walter Payton, George Halas, Gale Sayers, Mike Singletary, Brian Urlacher: the franchise deserves better. The city of Chicago deserves better.

The Bears’ last QB splash came back in 2017, when they traded up one spot (from No. 3 to No. 2 overall) to select North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky. It didn’t work out. Four years later, they’ve moved on from Trubisky and there is no rebuilding the relationship between the two sides. Trubisky and head coach Matt Nagy didn’t work. So now, for general manager Ryan Pace, it’s time to make a move—another splash—with his job potentially on the line.

Quarterback is once again a pressing need for the Bears, but will they strike a happy medium and acquire Wentz or sit back and potentially endure another half-decade of mediocrity with the shadows of Jimmy Clausen, Kordell Stewart, Kyle Orton, and Jim Miller continuing to loom in what has been a forgettable two decades of Bears football under center?

So, if they choose the former, what could a potential trade look like for Wentz, and how would he fit in Chicago alongside Nagy?

Wentz’s benching for Jalen Hurts was an anomaly; it was a decision from the top. Philadelphia has failed to let the football people do their jobs and it’s now led to their once heralded quarterback being shipped out of town. In 2017, Wentz’s game was at an MVP level after leading the Eagles to an 11-2 record and an eventual NFC East crown. Following Nick Foles’ heroic playoff performance, Wentz's season was brushed under the mat, and Foles became the stop-gap savior of the franchise for what then became a short-lived reign in 2018. Now, Foles could reportedly be on his way back to Philadelphia—for the third time—in a deal including Wentz. 

2020 season aside, Wentz can still play ball. Don’t let the Twitter film or couch general managers fool you. Now, there were times Wentz looked incapable of running an NFL offense last year, which isn’t the greatest point of positivity, but a breath of fresh air within Chicago’s offense built around David Montgomery would take pressure off of Wentz—it could be a perfect fit. 

Wentz’s lack of success within former Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s offense last season was a product of the system. The offensive line was mangled, Zach Ertz was a shell of himself, and the group out wide, well, we won’t go there. The offense was abysmal, it wasn’t just Wentz. But as it is, the blame falls under center.

For now, Chicago checks the boxes. They have a playoff-caliber roster, a major need for a starting quarterback, and the assets to trade for Wentz. If you would have told me just two weeks ago that Philadelphia could potentially receive a first-rounder for Wentz, I would have laughed at you. And now, despite the reports of Chicago potentially sending their 20th overall selection, Foles, and a player to be named to Philadelphia in the package deal to acquire Wentz, I would still laugh at you. Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman are seemingly forcing the quarterback-hungry Pace’s hand, and the Eagles could maneuver their way into winning the pot.

Pace and Nagy were given an additional season as a “prove it” year from ownership. Looking back at Wentz’s 2020, the move would require a herculean amount of trust. With Deshaun Watson still currently on the market, trading for Wentz would be like trading up for Trubisky when Watson was still on the board just four years ago. Welcome to Chicago and welcome to Pace and Nagy's last stand.

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