For a team that signed their starting quarterback to a monster deal just over a year ago – and have done everything since joining to make it clear that Carson Wentz is the guy moving forward – the Eagles have certainly had a lot of intrigue around the position in recent years.
Naturally, the Eagles are looking to avoid that in 2020, right?
Enter Cam Newton, who was released by the Panthers earlier this offseason, and Jameis Winston, who was not re-signed by the Bucs. Both quarterbacks have spent their entire NFL careers with one team, but that will change next season – and with so many quarterbacks on the market and more set to become available in this month’s draft – he There’s a chance the two will be relegated to backup roles next season.
But, the Eagles as a potential landing point for someone like Newton? Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports seems to think this makes sense …
The Eagles should think in those terms as well. No way they can start the season with Nate Sudfeld behind Carson Wentz. Not with Wentz’s propensity to miss games. Not with such high stakes for Philadelphia. Joe Flacco would also make a lot of sense here. But if I can get Newton for, who knows, $ 7 million a year? $ 10 million? I do it. Add a year or two cancellables to lower the cap. What am I forgetting here? Why wouldn’t a good team jump on it? I remember not too long ago fake newbies like Brock Osweiler getting $ 18 million a year guaranteed for two years, and the Broncos and Texans in a bidding war for his services. And now, wouldn’t anyone trade a seventh-round pick for Newton with a year and $ 19 million left on his deal? I understand that there might be some medical issues, but the job would still fall on him to get a medical exam anyway. If QB1 contenders went for $ 18 million BEFORE the cap exploded, which Super Bowl contender wouldn’t try to enter now? [cbssports.com]
And he’s not the only person I’ve seen mentioning the Eagles as a possible landing point, especially for Newton.
But would the Eagles really bring in a player who could let Wentz look over his shoulder all season?
Obviously, what happened in 2017 in the run-up to their first Super Bowl title in franchise history doesn’t need to be recounted here, but it’s worth mentioning because the Nick Foles’ re-emergence in that miraculous playoffs did the starting quarterback no favor. It also didn’t help people overcome their belief that the grass is always greener on the other side, which led to a shorter than one deserved leash for a quarterback who, when he is in good health, was among the best in the NFL.
In fact, that dynamic is part of the reason the Eagles were so willing to let Foles walk in free agency after winning the Super Bowl. Of course, they were never going to match the contract given to them by Jacksonville, but even before that deal was made, it looked like Foles’ time in Philly was coming to an end as the team had to pull Wentz out of the game. Lombardi de Foles trophy. shadow. If he had stayed, whenever Wentz had a bad game, Foles would have been there to wait, allowing quarterback controversy and outside noises to complicate life in the NovaCare locker room. Instead, they opted to ride with Nate Sudfeld as a backup, and ultimately added Josh McCown after Sudfeld got injured.
Like Foles, McCown was a vet who could quickly learn the system and, as we’ve seen, competently replace Wentz when needed. Unlike Foles, however, McCown wasn’t going to be seen as a potential savior every time Wentz threw a few bad passes.
This is not an affront to Wentz, but rather a common practice around the NFL. Just look at who some of the other top starters are backing them up and you’ll see what I’m talking about.
This offseason the Eagles have brought Sudfeld back, but with so many veteran quarterbacks with starting experience available, could the Eagles be looking to bring in a better-known quarterback to back Wentz and be ready to replace the injury bug? ?
There has been talk of Flacco being a possible candidate, and given where he’s at at this point in his career, it’s pretty much such a well-known name as I could imagine the Eagles would bring – and even it can be. exaggerated. This is Carson Wentz’s team, for better or for worse, which is why I was so surprised to see La Canfora mention the Eagles as a potential landing point for two of the most polarizing players available. , both of which could cause even the Eagles controversy. would be smart to avoid.
Let’s just hope that, like all of 2020 so far, this is just a big joke. It’s April 1 after all.
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