The Philadelphia Eagles have traded Carson Wentz to Indianapolis Colts
Per Adam Schefter, Philadelphia has agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first.
If Wentz’s playtime 75% or above next season, then the conditional 2022 second-round pick would become a first-round pick. The second-round pick could also become a first if Wentz plays at least 70 percent of the players and the Colts go to the playoffs.
Full Trade Breakdown:
- Colts get: QB Carson Wentz.
- Eagles get: 2021 3rd-round pick, 2022 2nd-round pick*.
- *2022 2nd-rounder becomes a first-rounder if Wentz plays 75% of Indy’s offensive snaps, or 70% and the Colts make the playoffs.
The number one and two picks of the 2016 NFL Draft, Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, have both been traded this offseason. The Eagles spent five draft picks to acquire Wentz in the 2016 NFL draft and gave him a $128M contract extension less than two years ago. Now, the team will move on from Wentz and take a cap hit of around $34M to get out of his contract. This would be the largest dead-cap hit any team has ever taken for a player in NFL history. The Colts will assume the balance of Wentz’s $128 million extension, including the $10 million guaranteed roster bonus due on March 19th.
Wentz is reunited with Colts head coach Frank Reich. Eagles turn to Jalen Hurts and whoever they decide to take at the quarterback position in the 2021 NFL draft. Wentz wanted out of Philadelphia and that’s exactly what Howie Roseman and the Eagles front office did. The only saving grace for this trade is the fact that the Colts are already a good football team and have a very strong offensive line. It’s easy to see the 2nd round pick from the Colts flip into a first round pick if and when Wentz is successful in Indianapolis.
Regardless of your opinion on Carson Wentz, this is a huge organizational failure given the picks, money, and past success with Wentz at quarterback. The Eagles will now enter the 2021 season with several unanswered questions and uncertainty surrounding the future of the franchise.