The Philadelphia Eagles decided it was time to move on from their 2016 first round-pick Carson Wentz on Thursday. Wentz was the overall number two pick in the NFL Draft. He was supposed to be the future franchise Quarterback that the Eagles have been coveting since the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a 2010 second-round pick. The experts and the scouts said he would be a franchise player, and for most of his rookie season, he made those people look pretty smart.
The former North Dakota State Bison Quarterback did his job, though, and had a fantastic rookie season; he was also having a great sophomore season until he tore his ACL in a week fourteen game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Eagles did beat the New England Patriots and win the Super Bowl without their franchise Quarterback. Every team goes into the draft wanting to pick a franchise player, and that year, the Eagles did it; they did not do it the way they wanted. Carson went onto have a mediocre season from 2018 to 2020. He went on and had a 17-22 record in his last three years.
Does the trade make sense? Yes, it certainly does. The Eagles are getting some value and getting rid of an awful contract. The Eagles will be getting a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 second-round pick. The 2022 pick is also conditional, and it pertains to Wentz and his play next year. If Wentz takes 75% of the Colts offensive snaps, the second-pick will bump into a first-round pick. There is another condition to the trade if Wentz plays 70% percent of the offensive snaps and the Colts make the playoffs next year, the pick will then turn into a 2022 first-round pick. Does it make sense for the Indianapolis Colts? Yes, it certainly does. Indianapolis Colts Head Coach Frank Reich was the Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator in 2016 and 2017 during Wentz’s first two seasons in the NFL. Those two seasons were Wentz’s best seasons, and the Colts are taking a gamble but one that will be less of a gamble than using a first-round pick on a potential bust.
Overall, it’s a good trade for both teams. I think the Colts have a great shot at winning the AFC South next year but I don’t think they overpaid for Wentz if anything I would have tried to avoid the conditional pick. The one thing that might work in Wentz’s favor is that he will have a better offensive line. They The Houston Texans’ 2021 season currently appears to be a dumpster fire. The Jacksonville Jaguars are bringing in a new coach in Urban Meyer and drafting Trevor Lawrence. The Tennesee Titans will be the Colts’ competition, but I still would not count them out of a wild card spot.