Yes, your statement on cap space is the correct one, which is why I don't cut him. The problem with cutting him and just taking the hit in 2021 is that you can't just do that. The cap is a real one and they will need to wave goodbye to other players they prefer/need to keep, in order to get below the new cap. Admittedly, the Eagles are in an awful situation with very low percentage of a satisfactory outcome. The only satisfactory outcome is to rehabilitate Wentz and raise his value -- either to us or to another team. Than is a low, but far from non-zero, probability.. If 2021 is lost, which it is regardless of what they do, then focus on the offense and giving the QB the optimum chance to succeed. The offense gets all the primo draft picks and FA signings. The D gets by as it can. Give Wentz a chance to be the starter. Even make him the presumptive starter going into the competition in training camp. I think Hurts has a future. I also think he isn't ready and would benefit by a year as backup.
I am not that worried that Wentz loses value between now and the 2021 trade deadline, because everything I read say the Eagles will be lucky to get a 3rd rounder for him if they trade him in the off-season. I'm willing to gamble we can do better.
I'd like to rewatch the first Washington game to see what happened between first and second half and get a sense of the hits Wentz sustained. His collapse has been so incredible, after a good start to that game, that I have to suspect something physical is involved. Anyone know where I can find that first Washington game?
I also don't worry about Wentz being locker room poison. There has been a fair amount written about him being a bad teammate, barely coachable, not being willing to run the plays called, putting the 'Foles plays' off limits, that I don't think he needs much reminding that he has the choice of poisoning his reputation and value, which hurts him a lot more than it hurts the Eagles, or working to rehabilitate his skills and reputation, which benefits him as much as it does the Eagles. If, by stubbornness, he is a poison, well 2021 wasn't going to be a plus year anyway.