Sources: Wentz-Pederson relationship fractured

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who was benched in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts last month, still plans to ask for a trade in the offseason because his relationship with head coach Doug Pederson is fractured beyond repair, according to league sources.

The Eagles are aware of this potential development, but a team source tells ESPN that the organization’s asking price for Wentz will be significant for the quarterback they selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft.

Multiple teams are expected to have interest in trading for Wentz, including the Indianapolis Colts, whose coach Frank Reich was Wentz’s offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.

While Hurts will make his fourth consecutive start Sunday night, Wentz will be a healthy scratch for Philadelphia’s regular-season finale against the Washington Football Team, sources confirm to ESPN.

Pederson said earlier in the week that he has a “ton of confidence” in Wentz and wants to “fix” the issues that saw decline in the former Pro Bowler’s performance this season.

Pederson is expected to return as the Eagles’ head coach, but he has a Tuesday meeting with owner Jeffrey Lurie to discuss the team’s losing season, potential coaching staff changes and the quarterback solution as Wentz seeks an exit.

If it is determined that the relationship between Wentz and Pederson is indeed beyond repair, the plan will have to account for some salary cap maneuvers. Wentz and his representatives are willing to work with general manager Howie Roseman to facilitate a move out of Philadelphia, league sources told ESPN.

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