Back on Feb. 9, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio suggested that the Chicago Bears would not make a move for quarterback Carson Wentz as the 28-year-old was attempting to orchestrate his exit from the Philadelphia Eagles.
Now that the Eagles have sent Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, as many expected would happen ahead of the start of the new NFL year next month, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports the Bears never even made an offer for the signal-caller:
Colts were really only spot that made sense. Bears did their homework but never made an offer, Colts were the players in this. Eagles got what they could— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) February 18, 2021
Wentz landing with the Colts always made sense, as Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich and offensive assistant Press Taylor worked with the quarterback when all were employed by the Eagles. The Bears need an upgrade at the position, though, as neither Mitchell Trubisky nor Nick Foles earned the full-time starting gig with their play last fall.
Adam Hoge of NBC Sports Chicago wrote the Bears were wise to not overpay to acquire Wentz. "A third-round pick in 2021 seems reasonable and the Colts can justify giving up a 2022 first-round pick if they salvage Wentz’s career," Hoge wrote of the trade. "In that case, it will almost certainly be a late first-round pick. But that doesn’t mean the Bears should’ve paid the same price – and they would have had to beat that price."