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Report: Colts Have ‘Some Level of Interest’ in Eagles QB Carson Wentz—But the Asking Price is Absurdly High

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According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, the Indianapolis Colts are among the suitors that have expressed interest in former Philadelphia Eagles franchise quarterback Carson Wentz—who’s recently been made available in trade discussions:

“Among the teams that have expressed some level of interest in Wentz are the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts, sources told ESPN, although other teams also have called to gauge the market and see what a package for the Eagles quarterback would look like.”

However, per Schefter and Mortensen, the asking price is reportedly still very high:

“The Eagles are said to be looking for, in the words of one well-placed source, ‘a Matthew Stafford package’ in return for Wentz. The Lions traded Stafford to the Rams last weekend for a third-round pick this year, two future first-round picks and quarterback Jared Goff, the player selected directly in front of Wentz as the top two picks in the 2016 NFL draft.”

A steep asking price that has roughly been reported by other league sources as well:

However, given what we know about Colts general manager Chris Ballard and how he prudently operates, it’s highly unlikely that Indianapolis gives in to such a high—and arguably ludicrous asking price by the Eagles right now.

Considering that Wentz hasn’t been very productive for about three seasons now and was most recently, downright dreadful in 2020—with some big salary cap hits coming up and questions regarding his coachability:

Especially, when considering A) Ballard’s love of draft picks and his continued trust in his scouting department to continue to find and select top talent and B) the fact that he just made these very same comments on Friday afternoon:

“There’s a fine line between being aggressive and desperate. We are not going to operate in a desperate world,” said Colts general manager Chris Ballard on 107.5 The Fan’s ‘The Dan Dakich Show’. “That’s what the world does. That’s what Twitter does. That’s what people do. They operate in a desperation world. No, we’re not going to operate in that world.”

“We’ll be aggressive when we need to be aggressive.”

It doesn’t mean that Carson Wentz cannot be a Colt by any means, but it does mean that it’s going to be much more on Indianapolis’ own terms—and at a presumably much more diminished final price tag than the exorbitant Eagles’ asking one currently being reported by reputable league sources.

Carson Wentz is expected to be traded soon, but unless the Eagles’ current asking price significantly decreases, it most likely (and logically) won’t be to the Colts—from what we already know.