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Eagles Stay or Go 2020: Quarterbacks

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Reuben Frank, Dave Zangaro and Andrew Kulp bring back Stay or Go with the 2020 version, trying to figure out the future of the Philadelphia Eagles.

We start with the quarterback position:

Carson Wentz

Roob: Hard to believe Wentz goes into his fifth NFL season with three career postseason passing yards. At this point Donovan McNabb had already reached three NFC Championship Games. I’m still a big believer in Wentz. His career has been marked by mostly terrific play and some incredibly bad luck. I’ve got to believe one of these years it’s all going to come together.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: After what I thought was a slow start, Wentz ended up having a pretty good season. He became the first Eagles’ QB to throw for over 4,000 yards and he did start every game this season. It’s a shame what happened to him in the playoff game, but I don’t see that as more proof that he’s injury prone; stuff happens. I think he takes yet another step next year.

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: Completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 1,199 yards with 7 touchdowns and 0 interceptions over the Eagles' final four regular season games -- all wins -- with the likes of Greg Ward, Boston Scott and Joshua Perkins among his top targets. Yeah, Wentz can stick around.

Verdict: Stays

Josh McCown

Roob: McCown spoke after the playoff loss to the Seahawks about how, “It’s different playing at 40. Your body talks to you a lot.” I'm sure his body is telling him now with hamstring surgery looming to freaking RETIRE. I don’t think anybody expects McCown to continue playing at 41. He gave it everything he had in the playoff loss, but it’s time to start that TV career for good now.

Verdict: Goes

Dave: Give McCown credit for being a 40-year-old dude playing through a torn hamstring in the playoff game. But that’s probably how his career ends. He talked about having a “This is 40” moment in the game. He’ll be back in the TV booth soon enough.

Verdict: Goes

Kulp: Listening to Doug Pederson gush over McCown's relationship with Wentz, it sure sounds as if coach wouldn't mind his 40-year-old backup quarterback signing on for an 18th season. Don't rule it out, either -- though it's not necessarily a plan the Eagles commit to now. Were McCown to return, after free agency and the draft play out seems far more likely. With retirement also a possibility, there are way too many variables here to project a return.

Verdict: Goes

 


Nate Sudfeld

Roob: An interesting case. Sudfeld is a free agent at 26, and the Eagles would probably like him back. They've invested a lot of time and money in him. But if you’re going into your fifth season don’t you want to be somewhere where you at least have a chance to compete for a starting job? And how will he process the fact that after being No. 2 for two years he never got that job back this year when he was healthy? I still think it’s most likely he re-signs, but you can't blame him if he bolts.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: If Sudfeld never got hurt last summer, McCown doesn’t come and Sudfeld is the backup all season. And then it’s him playing in the playoff game. He’s a free agent, but I’m not sure if there’s another team that is going to pay him a ton of money so his best bet might be to return and come to the Eagles. The only thing I’d wonder about is if the Colts and Frank Reich might try to bring him in. He’d have a better shot of playing there, but I think he’s the backup in Philly next season.

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: Interesting situation, as the two parties legitimately may need one another. The Eagles don't have a clear No. 2 under contract, and Sudfeld doesn't have the resume to cash in as an unrestricted free agent or guarantee a backup job. His best bet may be to come back on a short-term deal and compete in a familiar system. Just don't go thinking this cements his place on the roster come September.

Verdict: Stays

 

Kyle Lauletta

Roob: A better prospect than Clayton Thorson, but that’s not a very high bar. Lauletta spent the year here learning the offense and getting acclimated. He seems to be a smart kid and has a strong arm. He and Wentz are the only QBs under contract for 2020 so I’d expect him to be here and go into 2020 as the No. 3 barring a Thorson-esque preseason catastrophe.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: He spent all season on the Eagles’ practice squad as a developmental player but the Eagles seem to like him. I think he’s at least back on the practice squad next year, but there’s also a chance he ends up on the 53-man roster if there’s another team sniffing around.

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: The Eagles thought enough of Lauletta's season-long stint on the practice squad to retain the former fourth-round pick. Granted, a futures contract is hardly a real commitment, but he could hang around into the summer at least, maybe even crack QB3 and keep his spot on the scout team.

Verdict: Stays

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