NFL rumors have been swirling around Carson Wentz. With the draft getting closer and closer, speculations are heating up around the league. Wentz has seen his stock rapidly rising over the past couple of days. A couple of teams are said to be interested in moving up in order to select the North Dakota State Bison quarterback. Two of those teams are said to be the Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles. The NFC East rivals will be battling it out for Wentz.
According to NFL.com, the Philadelphia Eagles are exploring trade options to see if they can move up a couple of slots in the draft. Right now, the Eagles are choosing from the eighth spot, thanks to a trade with the Miami Dolphins that sent Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to Florida. They feel that they might need to move as high as the second spot so that they don’t miss out on Carson Wentz.
The situation with the Philadelphia Eagles would be a rather interesting one if they were to acquire Carson Wentz. The team just spent a ton of money on quarterbacks during the offseason. Sam Bradford was signed to a $35 million contract, so it might be hard to convince another NFL team to take on that deal. The Eagles also gave former Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Chase Daniels $21 million.
Interestingly enough, the Cleveland Browns are choosing at the second spot. Although the Browns just signed Robert Griffin III, the belief around the NFL is that Cleveland will still choose a quarterback, possibly in the first round. Griffin III has shown that he can be a Pro Bowl player, but he also sat on the sidelines for the entire 2015 season. The former Baylor Bears star might not be the quarterback that he used to be, so the Browns would be wise to have insurance at the position.
The addition of Robert Griffin III makes former starter Josh McCown available. The Cleveland Browns are said to be interested in acquiring as many selections as possible in the upcoming NFL Draft, so they can move down a couple of spots and attach McCown in a trade. Doing that might enable the Browns to acquire several draft picks, which would help them fill in the holes throughout their roster.
The Dallas Cowboys are choosing at the fourth spot. Team owner Jerry Jones has publicly been telling people that it’s not a must for the Cowboys to choose a quarterback with that selection. However, the Dallas Morning News believes that Jones might move up in the NFL Draft to get Carson Wentz. The team knows that they need a backup and eventual successor for Tony Romo, who suffered two collarbone injuries last season.
Complicating matters for the Dallas Cowboys is the fact that the team desperately needs an upgrade at defensive end and cornerback. If Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end Joey Bosa or Florida State Seminoles cornerback Jalen Ramsey are still on the board, then the Cowboys would have a hard time bypassing them for someone who should not be on the field in 2016. Jerry Jones badly wants to go to the Super Bowl, so immediate help might be more appealing.
Regardless of where Carson Wentz goes in the NFL, he’s already generating headlines. The draft can be a stressful and hectic time for young players, but they should also find time to enjoy being in the spotlight. Wentz hasn’t taken a single snap on the professional level yet, and he’s already got the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys fighting over him. That has to be quite flattering.
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