From Carson Wentz to draft night: breaking down the Eagles offseason trades
As the dust settles on the 2021 NFL Draft, teams now have a better idea of where their franchise is headed. The Eagles were nothing short of active this offseason, from the Carson Wentz trade all the way up until draft night. Sure, it may have been time to inevitably move on from Carson Wentz, but we can all recall the sheer resentment we had after Howie Roseman traded back from #6 overall.
The Eagles then pulled off the unimaginable, trading back up in the draft with their division rivals to select Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith. At the end of the day, the Eagles’ final haul after making these trades has them well equipped for the future:
- WR DeVonta Smith (#10 overall from DAL)
- CB Zech McPhearson (#123 overall from MIA)
- 2022 first-round pick (from MIA)
- 2022 conditional first-round pick (from IND)
- DT Milton Williams (#73 from CAR)
- DE Tarron Jackson (#191 from CAR)
- 2022 5th-round pick (from WAS)
- WR Jaylen Waddle (#6 overall from PHI)
- 2022 4th-round pick (traded #156 acquired from PHI to PIT)
- Carson Wentz (from PHI)
- LB Micah Parsons (#12 overall from PHI)
- DE Chauncy Golston (#84 from PHI *via Wentz trade)
- T Brady Christensen (#70 overall from PHI)
- Long Snapper Cameron Cheeseman (#225 overall from PHI)
- Edge William Bradley-King (#240 overall from PHI)
It’s obviously too early to tell who really won out in this scenario. DeVonta Smith projects to be a high-volume weapon for Jalen Hurts. Jaylen Waddle is reunited with Tua Tagovailoa. Carson Wentz is now in a setting tailor-made to his strengths and Dallas was able to secure one of the best stand-up linebacker prospects in the last 5-7 years.
When it comes to future assets, it looks like the Eagles made out pretty well. The Eagles have to eat Carson’s $33.8M cap hit in 2021, but he’ll be off the books beyond next season. They’ve also shown a sign of commitment to Hurts by bringing in one of his Alabama weapons and the Eagles still hold four picks within the first two rounds of next year’s draft.
For an offseason that started off pretty hopeless, the Eagles took some much-needed encouraging steps for the franchise.
Holy hell it wasn’t a dream. DeVonta Smith is an Eagle. pic.twitter.com/zfAd6qJ4xw— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) April 30, 2021
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