Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders were hoping to make a playoff run this season, but that did not end up happening. Instead, they were competitive early in the season and fell off a bit down the stretch. Now, the questions surrounding Derek Carr’s future at quarterback will come up again, and if they choose to move on, Carson Wentz could be a potential fit.
As any fan will know, Gruden loves talented quarterbacks. He loves Carr, for that matter. However, if a change needs to be made, Wentz would be worth taking a look at.
Rumors have been swirling that the Philadelphia Eagles will look to move on from Wentz this offseason. Jalen Hurts took over as the team’s starting quarterback this year and it is a move that Wentz may not come back from. Hurts showed off elite dual-threat ability and is a player Philly may choose to build around.
Wentz ended up having a rough 2020 season with the Eagles. He completed just 57.4 percent of his pass attempts for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. Those numbers were not what he was hoping for this year.
A change of scenery could do him well. Changing quarterbacks could also do the Raiders well.
Vincent Frank of SportsNaut has suggested that the Raiders could be a landing spot for Wentz if the Eagles do move him. He has the two teams flipping Carr and Wentz, with the Eagles also receiving a 2021 second-round pick.
Would this trade be something that both teams would have interest in? More than likely, the Eagles would rather not take on Carr. If they are making the move to start Hurts, they don’t need an expensive backup.
Should the Raiders be willing to trade a second-round pick and possibly another mid-round selection, the Eagles would likely accept. They aren’t going to get a first-round pick for a quarterback that struggled so bad in 2020.
Both teams will have some tough decisions to make. They will both have to choose whether they want to stick with their current status or shake things up. If they opt to shake things up, this trade could be something to monitor closely.
Are the Raiders a serious potential trade destination for Carson Wentz? Absolutely. But, it would cost them a pretty penny and Las Vegas may not be willing to pay up for Wentz coming off of the worst season of his career.