Eagles deal QB Wentz to Colts for draft picks
On Thursday, the Philadelphia Eagles traded former starting quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a conditional 2022 second-round draft pick and a 2021 third-round draft selection, according to sources close to ESPN.
The third-round pick in this year’s 2021 NFL Draft will be the 85th overall selection while the conditional second-rounder could become a first-round pick in 2022 if Wentz plays in at least 75 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps next year. The conditional pick can also become a first-round draft choice if the Colts reach the postseason and Wentz plays in 70 percent of the team’s offensive snaps. Either way, the Eagles are guaranteed that the pick will be at least a second-round choice in a worst-case scenario.
According to sources, the Colts and Eagles have worked for two weeks on the logistics of the trade, which cannot become official until the new NFL year begins on March 17. The Eagles will suffer a $33.8-million dead-cap hit, which is the largest taken by a team in league history, but the Colts are expected to pay Wentz his $10 million guaranteed roster bonus and the remainder of his $128 million salary.
However, the move seemed inevitable as Phillip Rivers, 38, retired after his lone season as quarterback in Indianapolis, while Wentz, 28, became disgruntled and has been searching for a fresh start with a new franchise after being relegated to the bench behind rising young signal-caller Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia’s 2020 second-round draft choice out of the University of Oklahoma. In addition to those aspects, Wentz’s relationship with former/recently fired head coach Doug Pederson and those of other members of the organization had deteriorated. For more sports coverage, click here.