The Indianapolis Colts’ ongoing search for a quarterback is currently centered on confidence-shattered Philadelphia Eagles star Carson Wentz, who has surprisingly been made available for trade despite the dismissal of head coach Doug Pederson.
At this point, this is what we know so far: the Colts are essentially looking to bend the Eagles’ delusional initial asking price, which reportedly included two first-round picks. Next came the report that revealed Indy, if they ended up pulling the trigger on a deal, wouldn’t immediately commit to a long-term marriage with Wentz, hinting that they aren’t entirely sold on him.
In the subsequent days, fans have been chomping at the bit to know what the Colts’ counter offer was, and Eagles legend Ron Jaworski, of all people, disclosed that information during a recent interview.
Per the veteran analyst, Indianapolis has proposed two second-round selections, with maybe a third or fourth included as well.
Here’s what the Colts offered the Eagles for Carson Wentz.
"“The Eagles and Howie Roseman are trying to prop Carson Wentz up to create the best value,” said Jaworski. “The talk is them trying to get a No. 1, almost similar to what Detroit got in the Jared Goff situation. That won’t happen here. That will not happen.”“My understanding is that the Colts have offered two second-round draft choices, maybe a third or fourth somewhere down the road. That appears to be the best offer…the best actual offer that has been made.”"
If you’ve been paying attention to anything GM Chris Ballard has been saying, this reported offer shouldn’t come as a surprise. The 53-year-old has stressed that he won’t act out of desperation, and two-second round picks with potentially a third or fourth to sweeten the pot is certainly something the fan base could get behind … even though it might still be too much for Wentz considering how awful he was under center this past season.
For any fans questioning the validity behind this rumor, Jaworski, though he obviously isn’t one of the league’s esteemed insiders, spent 10 years of his professional career with the Eagles and it’s widely understood that he has existing ties to the organization. Exercise caution if you wish, but odds are the former quarterback’s intel is accurate here.
As far as negotiations are concerned, what matters now is what (if any) other proposals the Eagles have to sort through. The Bears are the only organization mentioned by name in terms of being a player in the sweepstakes, but rumors indicate Philadelphia has taken calls from several teams.
Whatever the case, the only thing Colts fans can do now is sit and wait. However, they can no doubt take solace in the fact that the front office has refused to budge in their evaluation of Wentz, because the Eagles’ reported demands are as laughable as can be.