William Hill Sportsbook has had odds active to win Super Bowl 56, currently scheduled for Feb. 6, 2022 at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, for a few weeks now, and the team taking the least amount of betting action is the Philadelphia Eagles. Part of that surely has to do with their quarterback situation, and there continues to be speculation that former starter Carson Wentz could be traded very soon. SportsLine offers odds on his next team.
Last week, ESPN's Adam Schefter said he expected a Wentz trade this week, and it does seem as if Wentz will end up with either the Chicago Bears or Indianapolis Colts no later than the end of the month. On the third day of the 2021 league year (March 20), $15 million of Wentz's base salary for 2022 becomes guaranteed, so he's going to be traded well before that.
The Bears' quarterbacks coach and passing-game coordinator is John DeFilippo. He actually was just given the title of passing-game coordinator this week in addition to keeping his QBs coach role after Dave Ragone, the former passing-game coordinator, left the organization to become Atlanta's offensive coordinator under new Falcons head coach Arthur Smith. DeFilippo was the Eagles' QBs coach for Wentz's first two years in the league, from 2016-2017.
The Colts' head coach is Frank Reich, who was the Eagles' offensive coordinator from 2016-17. Thus, why both the Bears and Colts think they can "fix" Wentz after his disastrous 2020 season makes some sense because Wentz was so good in 2017 with Philly.
Apparently, the holdup is that the Eagles are asking a ridiculous price of two first-round picks in the wake of what the Lions got from the Rams for Matthew Stafford that Philly will never get. However, it would benefit the team to have the Bears and Colts keep raising their bids against one another.
There's always a chance another club or two gets involved as well, perhaps Denver or Washington – although it's hard to imagine the Eagles trade Wentz to a division rival. Then again, they did send Donovan McNabb to Washington back in the day.
Reportedly, Chicago and Indianapolis would be willing to surrender a single first-round pick – the Bears pick 20th this year and the Colts 21st. The Bears also could ship Nick Foles back to Philly, where of course Foles won a Super Bowl and game MVP honors while Wentz was injured. Foles could back up and mentor young Jalen Hurts.
No trade can become official until the start of the new league year, which is March 17. Presuming Wentz is dealt, that would mean the first two picks in the 2016 NFL Draft (Goff was No. 1, Wentz was No. 2) would have been traded already this offseason.
As for the NFL futures odds, the Eagles are currently +5000 at William Hill to win Super Bowl 56, up from an open of +4000. According to a William Hill spokesperson, the fewest total number of tickets sold and total dollars wagered on the Super Bowl 56 futures prop are both on Philadelphia.
Via SportsLine NFL oddsmakers: Which team will Carson Wentz be playing for Week 1 of the 2021 season?
- Bears Even
- Colts +120
- Other +900
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