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Orlovsky believes 49ers become Super Bowl contenders with Carson Wentz

Feb 17, 2021 at 6:22 AM--

There is no indication that the San Francisco 49ers are serious about Carson Wentz. There was a report that the team inquired about the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, but that may have just been general manager John Lynch and company doing their due diligence. It's always worth knowing the going rate for a former starting NFL quarterback, after all.

Wentz isn't a fan-favorite trade candidate either. He was one of the worst quarterbacks in the league last season. His 65.0 overall Pro Football Focus grade was a career-low.

One ESPN analyst feels Wentz paired with the 49ers could be a game-changer, though. Former quarterback Dan Orlovsky recently said that the Eagles passer with the Indianapolis Colts or San Francisco would make either team a Super Bowl contender.

Right now, the Colts and the Chicago Bears are seen as the favorites to land Wentz. Although, neither seems to be in a rush to acquire the quarterback. The more time that passes, the more desperate the Eagles might become.

"If the Bears get Carson Wentz, it does not make them a Super Bowl contender," Orlovsky said via Twitter. "It makes them better. No longer can you ask yourself, 'If we get this quarterback, and he plays as good as he can, are we better?' You have to ask yourself, 'If we get this quarterback, with this roster, and he plays as good as he can, can we win a Super Bowl, legit?'

"There's two teams that are in the Carson Wentz conversation that fit that mold: the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers."

Wentz passed had career-lows with a 57.4 percent completion percentage and 2,620 passing yards through 12 games last season before being benched for rookie Jalen Hurts. Wentz threw 16 touchdowns compared to 15 interceptions.

In 2019, Wentz threw for a career-high 4,039 yards while tossing 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Added Orlovsky: "If Carson Wentz goes to either of those teams, and he plays as well as he has in stretches in his NFL career, with the rosters they have in place, they are legit Super Bowl contenders. The Bears, with that offensive line and skill group, are not."

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