Eagles Trade QB Carson Wentz to the Colts for 2 Picks

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in 2017. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9274758dd)

The Philadelphia Eagles reportedly agreed to trade their quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts. The Eagles will receive a third-round pick in 2021 and a conditional second-rounder in 2022 as part of the deal.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the second-round selection can become a first-rounder if Wentz plays 75 percent of the snaps in the 2021 NFL season. It will also happen if he plays 70 percent or more snaps and the Colts make the playoffs.

The trade can’t become official until the start of the new league year on March 17th.

The two teams have been reportedly engaged in the conversations for weeks, trying to work out a deal. The Eagles tried to stir up the market and get a better trade package, but Wentz didn’t attract much interest from other teams so they ended up taking the Colts offer.

The deal represents a fresh start for the Eagles, who move on from the player they traded up to get with the No. 2 pick in 2016. While Carson Wentz initially lived up to the expectations, his injuries and inconsistent play in recent seasons have paved the way for his exit.

Wentz had a disastrous 2020 campaign, completing just 57.4 percent of his passes (34th in the NFL) and throwing league-leading 15 picks. This caused the Eagles to bench the 28-year-old QB and turn to rookie Jalen Hurts towards the end of the regular season.

The Eagles are now expected to install Hurts as their starter in 2021, although reports say that the team will bring in a veteran for the position.

Carson Wentz, on the other hand, will be reunited with Frank Reich in Indianapolis and get a chance to resurrect his career. While Reich was the Eagles’ offensive coordinator in 2017, Wentz had an MVP-worthy outing before an ACL injury cut his season short.  He earned his only All-Pro, and Pro Bowl nods that year.

The Colts have been without a long-term solution at the QB position since Andrew Luck retired. Wentz could be that guy if the new surroundings help him rediscover his form considering his upside. If not, the Colts won’t lose much considering the low price they paid.