The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to give up quarterback Carson Wentz o the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-rounder, league sources told the press.
The Deal – The Eagles will receive the 85th overall pick in the draft of this year. Wentz needs to play, according to sources, at least 75% of the Colts’ offensive snaps for the 2022 conditional pick to convey to a first-rounder. The Eagles and the Colts spent much of their time to finalize the trade, but the trade cannot be processed until the new NFL year begins in March.
The Eagles will take a 33.8-million-dollar dead cap hit that any team has ever taken for a player, while the Colts will assume the balance of Wentz’s 128-million-dollar extension, including the 10 million dollars guaranteed roster bonus due March 19. Both the teams walk away from the deal with what it wanted. Wentz will be reunited with Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was also his former offensive coordinator, while the Eagles are likely to turn to Jalen Hurts, though they also intend to bring in another competition for him.
The reason behind Wentz wishes to move away
The Eagles signed Wentz for a 4-year contract, 128 million dollars in June 2019, signaling that he was going to be a quarterback for a long time. But their relationship soured during the rocky season of 2020, during which Wentz ranked 34th in the NFL. Wentz’s career was going on a positive trajectory with 33 touchdowns and 7 interceptions in 2017. But the rift between Wentz and Pederson grew, causing Wentz to lose faith in Pederson’s system.
Pederson was fired last month. When he and owner Lurie failed to meet common grounds on the visions about the future. But Sirianni’s hiring did not comfort Wentz enough. He still wanted to move away from the Eagles.
Wentz is one of the only six quarterbacks in NFL history to record 20-plus passing TDs and 10 or fewer interceptions in three straight seasons. He made his lone Pro Bowl appearance in 2017.