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Why Wentz could become available for Pats in 2021, per report

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The Eagles reportedly still have hope for Carson Wentz. But that assumes the quarterback wants to stay in Philadelphia.

Wentz is "not interested" in being a backup to recently-named starter Jalen Hurts and would want to "move on" from the Eagles if Hurts continues to start, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday.

Wentz was 3-8-1 as Philly's starter this season and had thrown a career-high 15 interceptions through 11 games before Hurts took over during the team's Week 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

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Hurts, who led the Eagles to an upset win over the New Orleans Saints in his first NFL start in Week 14, is expected to remain Philly's starter this season, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

Per Schefter, Wentz is "not pleased" with his benching, and if he doesn't get his job back in 2021, it sounds like he'll demand to be traded.

These developments may interest the New England Patriots, who will be in the market for a QB in 2021 if they don't re-sign Cam Newton this offseason.

Our Phil Perry recently laid out the pros and cons of pursuing Wentz, who could be Bill Belichick's next reclamation project. The 27-year-old has had an awful year but was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and made the Pro Bowl in his second NFL season in 2017.

 

The Patriots would have to absorb a $25.4 million cap hit in 2021 if they trade for Wentz, though, and New England may turn to the NFL Draft for its QB of the future rather than spend that amount on a signal-caller with plenty of question marks.

In any case, it sounds like Wentz could be among the Patriots' options at QB in 2021.