It’s safe to say the Eagles have officially won the Carson Wentz trade
Carson Wentz and the city of Philadelphia are finally finished. After spending the regular season talking about the Indianapolis Colts and more specifically, Carson Wentz’s snap count, we now can completely erase our old quarterback from our memories.
Two weeks ago, the Colts had a 93% chance to make the 2022 NFL Playoffs. All they had to do, was beat a 2-14 Jacksonville Jaguars team the final week of the regular season. As we all know, that didn’t happen. The Colts crumbled and lost to the Jaguars 26-11, officially eliminating themselves from playoff contention.
Carson Wentz came up small when his team needed him the most. Wentz finished the game 17-29 for 185 adding a touchdown and an interception to the stat sheet. Of course he also fumbled the ball away, and finished the game with an embarrassing 4.4 QBR.
Throughout the year, Colts fans attempted to trash Philadelphia, claiming they won the trade and that they were the kings of the AFC South. Now, they are on the outside looking in on the playoffs, while the Eagles secured a Wild Card berth in Week 17 and have a date with Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Oh how the time’s have changed.
To put the nail in the coffin on the Eagles-Colts trade, here are the final details.
Eagles Received: Top-20 First Round Draft Pick. Third Round Draft Pick. $103M in Cap Relief.
Colts Received: Carson Wentz.
Somehow, the Eagles managed to survive the largest single dead-cap hit in NFL history, and still walk away with a first round draft pick, a third round draft pick, $103 million in cap relief, on top of making the playoffs with a promising 23-year old starting quarterback in Jalen Hurts.
Indianapolis is now stuck with Wentz and stripped of any draft capital to improve their team this offseason. Wentz holds a $15 million dead cap hit this offseason and already, Indy is weighing the possibility of looking for another answer at quarterback.
Talk about a football franchise in shambles. The fan base turned on Wentz and have already debated how they can move on from their starting quarterback.
Even Frank Reich wasn’t definite when asked if Wentz was the team’s QB moving forward, sounding like Doc Rivers talking about Ben Simmons after Game 7 of the NBA playoffs last year.
I hate to rub it in, but incase we have any Colts fans reading this, remember that all Jalen Hurts needs to do this weekend and throw for four total yards against the Buccaneers and he would pass the total number of yards Carson Wentz has thrown for during his career in the playoffs.
The Colts will likely look at a quarterback with their second round pick in this year’s NFL Draft. You can’t help but laugh if they actually do move forward with a QB in that round since the Eagles drafted Hurts in the second round and Wentz ultimately wanted out of Philly because of it.
Even if the Colts do look for a quarterback, this year’s draft is shaping up to be one of the weakest quarterback markets in recent memory. None of the top prospects are highly-touted, while Russell Wilson and Aaron Rodgers appear to be staying put.
Any way you want to look at it, the Eagles clearly won the Carson Wentz trade. I don’t care about his stats compared to Jalen Hurts stats either. Both teams finished with the same record, but only one team handled business down the stretch and is going to the playoffs. It’s really that simple.
Carson Wentz is now free to go commit mass genocide on ducks in middle America while the Eagles head to Florida to take on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers Sunday at 1PM.
Mandatory Credit: CBS Sports