Could Carson wentz be headed to the West Coast?
The 49ers seem increasingly likely to reexamine the quarterback position after this season has concluded as they currently sit at 5-8 on the year due to multiple injuries on the team, which includes Jimmy Garoppolo.
Backup QB Nick Mullens continues to show that he is not the man for the job.
As Jalen Hurts looks to be taking over as the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting QB going forward, former No. 2 draft pick Carson Wentz has been mentioned as a potential replacement for Garoppolo as the 49ers’ franchise quarterback.
ESPN’s Bill Barnwell hasn’t dismissed the 49ers as a landing spot for Wentz, but he did explain how expensive it could be for general manager John Lynch and the 49ers’ front office.
“Whichever team that traded for Wentz would be acquiring a new quarterback on a four-year, $98.4 million contract,” Barnwell writes. “While that isn’t exorbitant money, it would be picking up those $40.4 million in guarantees and basically be locked in to paying Wentz $47.4 million over the next two seasons.”
Barnwell believes a Wentz deal to the 49ers is a “near impossibility,” but he did explain how getting Garoppolo’s contract off the books would free up nearly enough money to cover Wentz’s estimated cap hit for 2021.
“If the Niners want to make a change at quarterback, though, they have the flexibility to create significant short-term cap space by cutting Jimmy Garoppolo. Releasing the oft-injured Garoppolo would free up $23.6 million in cap space in 2021, a close match for the $25.4 million cap figure Wentz would occupy after being traded.”
Wentz’s talent can’t be mistaken, and it just may take for him getting put in a different city to change the direction of his career.