Sources: Wentz-Pederson relationship damaged
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who was installed on behalf of rookie Jalen Hurts last month, continues to plan to seek a deal in the off-season as his relationship with head coach Doug Pederson is irreparably broken, according to league sources.
The Eagles are aware of this potential development, but a team source told ESPN that the organization's award for Wentz will matter for the quarterback they selected with the # 2 in the 2016 draft.
Several teams are expected to be interested in trading with Wentz, including the Indianapolis Colts, coached by Frank Reich Wentz 'offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.
Hurts will start in Philadelphia's regular season finale against Washington Football Team for the fourth time in a row on Sunday night, while Wentz will be a healthy scratch, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Pederson said earlier this week that he had "a lot of confidence" in Wentz and was looking to "fix" the issues that had caused the former pro bowler's performance to decline this season.
Pederson is expected to return as the Eagles' coach, but he has a Tuesday meeting with owner Jeffrey Lurie to discuss the team's losing season, possible coaching staff changes, and the quarterback resolution while Wentz seeks an exit.
If it is determined that the relationship between Wentz and Pederson is indeed irreparable, the plan must take into account some wage cap maneuvers. Wentz and his agents are ready to work with general manager Howie Roseman to facilitate a move out of Philadelphia, league sources told ESPN.
Team sources told ESPN last month that the Eagles intend to keep Wentz despite his years of fighting and want him to be an important part of their team in the future.
But if the Wentz Eagles move on, they'll have to make that decision by the second day of the league year 2021 – sometime in mid-March – because on the third day of the league year, his base salary of $ 22 million for 2022 is fully guaranteed and his roster bonus for 2021 is guaranteed $ 10 million will be paid out.
Wentz has struggled through the worst season of his career. Although he only played 12 games, he competes with Drew Lock from Denver on Sunday to take the lead with 15 interceptions. Wentz has also been fired 50 times in the league and ranks 35th in the completion rate (57.4%).
ESPN's Tim McManus contributed to this report.