Throughout the offseason, the Bears and the Colts have reportedly been vying to trade for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Both feel like they are a quarterback away from being true contenders.
According to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer, the Bears have emerged as the front runner for Wentz. In an interview on The Herd with Colin Cowherd on Monday, Breer addressed the competition between the two teams, saying “I think Chicago is the front runner [Monday] morning. And I do know that there is a feeling inside the building from Ryan Pace, the coaching staff, Matt Nagy, John DeFilippo, their pass-game coordinator who got two of the best years out of Carson Wentz in 2016 and 2017 as his quarterbacks coach, they believe that mechanically they can fix him.”
The wrinkle in the plan is Carson Wentz’s preference. The situation in Indianapolis is much more desirable for a quarterback looking to resurrect his career. In Indy, Wentz would have a quarterback-friendly coach in Frank Reich and a roster built to succeed immediately.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy have one year to prove that they belong. Chicago also has few weapons on offense, especially if wide receiver Allen Robinson departs in free agency. These setbacks, alongside the pressure of being a quarterback in Chicago, are not ideal for Wentz.
At the moment, Chicago seems likely to give the Eagles more to land Wentz. However, it remains to be seen whether the Eagles consider Wentz’s preference and if the Colts raise their offer.
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