Wentz (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday versus Washington. As expected, Wentz is a healthy scratch for the Eagles' regular-season finale. Jalen Hurts will continue to direct Philadelphia's offense, with Nate Sudfeld backing him up. Wentz will enter the offseason with a cloud hanging over his head after falling apart enough to force the hand of coach Doug Pederson. Overall, Wentz had career lows in completion percentage (57), passing yards (2,620) and touchdown passes (16) while notching career highs in interceptions (15) and rushing TDs (five).
The Eagles are expected to make Wentz a healthy scratch Sunday against Washington, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Change has been in the wind since the Eagles benched Wentz in favor of rookie second-round pick Jalen Hurts back in Week 13. Wentz has served as Hurts' backup in each of the last three games, but now the team will keep the veteran in street clothes in the season finale while fellow reserve QB Nate Sudfeld takes his spot on the active roster. Garafolo noted the impending move doesn't necessarily mean the situation between Wentz and Philly isn't salvageable, and the team "wants" the quarterback to return in 2021. Having said that, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported on Sunday NFL Countdown that Wentz likely will request a trade this offseason, so Sunday's DNP could spell his last time on the Eagles' sideline.
Though Wentz will back up rookie QB Jalen Hurts in Sunday's game against the Saints, the Eagles "still have every intention to keep Wentz and have him be a major part of their team," according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. In the wake of Wentz's struggles this season, the 3-8-1 Eagles -- who've dropped four straight games -- elected to turn to Hurts (the No. 53 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft) in Week 14. That said, Schefter suggests the team still believes that down the road Wentz can return to his prior level of play. In any case, a decision on the signal-caller's future with the franchise is slated to arrive by the second day of the 2021 league year (in March), when Wentz's $22 million base salary for 2022 would become fully guaranteed and his $10 million 2021 roster bonus is in line to be paid out.
Wentz will move into a backup role for Sunday's game against the Saints after head coach Doug Pederson named Jalen Hurts the team's starting quarterback for Week 14, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Wentz will cede his spot atop the depth chart to the rookie after he again struggled to move the offense in last week's loss to the Packers, which dropped the Eagles to 3-8-1 on the season. The demotion suddenly leaves Wentz's future with the organization in question, an improbable development after the signal-caller inked a four-year, $128 million extension in 2019 that won't even kick in until next season. Wentz ranks last among all qualified passers this season with 15 interceptions thrown and 50 sacks taken.
Speaking on the radio Monday morning, coach Doug Pederson said he hasn't made up his mind on starting Wentz or Jalen Hurts for Week 14 against the Saints, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Pederson brought in Hurts during the third quarter of Sunday's 30-16 loss to Green Bay, leaving Wentz on the sideline for the final four drives of the game. The Eagles made a contest of it in the fourth quarter, but that was largely based on Jalen Reagor's punt-return touchdown, while the offense put up points on just one of four drives with Hurts at quarterback. Pederson won't necessarily announce it to the media once he decides on a Week 14 starter, but we should have some idea before the game kicks off at 4:25 ET on Sunday.
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