Philadelphia Eagles Trade QB Carson Wentz to Colts
The saga is finally over: the Philadelphia Eagles have traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-round pick per Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen on ESPN.
The conditional second-rounder becomes a first-round pick if Wentz plays 75 percent of the snaps or 70 percent and the team makes the playoffs.
The trade comes after a disappointing season where Wentz was benched in favor of second-round pick Jalen Hurts.
"The Colts and the Eagles have been in discussion for the last three weeks," Schefter said on Sports Center.
"Each side gets what it wants, Wentz wanted out of Philadelphia. Frank Reich believes he can salvage Wentz," Schefter continued.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said he had a conversation with Wentz when he was hired.
"I've talked to Carson. We've had good conversation," said Sirianni. "I know he's talked to our offensive coordinator, as well. Just excited, again, to work with him as we move forward here."
The Eagles traded-up to take Wentz in the 2016 NFL Draft and selected him with the No. 2 overall pick. But after five seasons, Philadelphia is moving on, taking a $33.8 million dead-money cap penalty, the largest number in league history for one player.
Wentz has been the team's starter since his rookie year, replacing veteran Sam Bradford who was traded to Minnesota right before the preseason was set to begin. From then on, he was viewed as the face of the franchise.
As Philadelphia ended the season with a 7-9 record, his 3,782 yards, 62.4% of passes completed and touchdown-to-interception ratio of 16-to-14 made people believe in his future.
The following season, Wentz thrived, throwing 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in just 13 games, making him the favorite by many to win the league MVP award before a major injury to his knee ended his season.
The team would go on to win the Super Bowl that season, without Wentz.
Nick Foles began the 2018 season under center while Wentz rehabbed from his knee injury, but when Wentz returned he wasn't the same. While he was still good, he wasn't that special player we saw during the 2017 season.
He showed flashes during his 11 games, throwing 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions, but something was missing before he again left due to injury with Foles taking over and leading the team to the playoffs once again.
The Eagles let Nick Foles walk in free agency before the 2019 season and showed a commitment to Wentz by giving him an extension worth six-years and $154 million with $107 million guaranteed.
However while Wentz was good in 2019, leading the team back to the playoffs with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions, he again wasn't the same quarterback we saw in 2017.
This season, Wentz hit rock bottom. The fifth-year signal-caller completed just 57.4% of his passes with 16 touchdowns and 15 interceptions before being benched.
The team fired head coach Doug Pederson, making it seem the team picked Wentz over Pederson and hired Sirianni in January. At that point, it seemed likely that Wentz would be their starting quarterback to begin the 2021 season.
Things changed when reports continued to surface that Wentz remained unhappy with the organization and the hiring of Sirianni, a Frank Reich assistant, did not change his feelings.
Sirianni didn’t push back against the idea they could have a quarterback competition during training camp.
“We have two quarterbacks in Carson Wentz and Jalen Hurts that are top-notch," Sirianni said. "They're top-notch quarterbacks. A lot of teams don't have any. Just really excited to work with both of them.”
During Roseman last time in front of microphones after the season ended, he made it seem that moving on from Wentz wasn't really in their thought process.
The GM did make sure to compliment Wentz, saying he couldn't imagine him not being here.
“In terms of Carson, I don't think it's a secret that we moved up for him because of what we thought about him as a person, as a player. We gave him that extension because of the same things. And so, when you have players like that, they are like fingers on your hand. You can't even imagine that they are not part of you; that they are not here. That's how we feel about Carson.”
When asked if the team had ruled out trading Wentz back on Jan 4, Roseman said it wasn't anything they had talked about.
"That is not anything we are talking about right now. We are talking about a guy that's immensely talented, has a great work ethic and doing whatever we can to put him in the best possible situation to be successful."
Wentz wasn’t made available to the media during Eagles final four games, since he was not the teams starting quarterback and did not speak or put any type of statement out after the firing of Pederson or the hiring of Sirianni.
Wentz’s lone public comments through the process were to congratulate his teammate Rodney McLeod for being nominated for the NFL man of the year award via twitter.
Recently, Wentz had removed that he was the teams QB on his Instagram account.
The next time we hear from him, it will be as a member of the Colts.