The Eagles planned to trade Carson Wentz for two first-round picks. So much for that! They couldn’t even get a guaranteed, single second-round selection for Wentz, instead settling for a third-round choice and a conditional second-round pick in 2022. The condition is that the pick becomes a first-rounder if Wentz plays 75 percent of his snaps in 2021 (or 70 percent if the Colts make the playoffs.) Given Wentz’s injury history, that’s far from a guarantee.
Those who support the Eagles have to be demoralized by what transpired. Wentz was the frontrunner for MVP in 2017 prior to his knee injury late that year. He bounced back in 2019 and led the team to the playoffs despite his supporting cast being ravaged by injuries. However, Wentz had his worst season in 2020 – his only bad year in the NFL – and the Eagles quickly gave up on him. Had they gotten at least a first-round pick for him, that would have been fine, but the Eagles sold at the very bottom because they ruined all of their leverage. Howie Roseman used to be recognized as a genius, but this was a panic move. Go here for some Philadelphia Eagles content.
The Colts, meanwhile, obtained a potential franchise quarterback over the next dozen years for a pair of second-day picks. It’s not completely free because Wentz has an albatross of a contract, but Indianapolis had the second-most cap space in the NFL. It could take on Wentz’s contract and still have plenty of money to spend on complementary pieces around its new quarterback.
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