The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to trade quarterback Carson Wentz on Thursday morning, dealing him to the Indianapolis Colts for draft picks.
It’s finally over in Philadelphia. The Eagles have agreed to send quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, getting a pair of draft selection in return.
Philadelphia is receiving a 2021 third-round choice and a 2022 second-round pick, which could conditionally turn into a first-rounder, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. The trade can not be made official until March 17 when the new league year kicks in.
Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports the condition as being Wentz playing 75 percent of snaps in 2022, or playing 70 percent and Indianapolis also reaching the playoffs.
For Philadelphia, the trade doesn’t create cap space in the immediate future. Wentz will still count for $33 million in dead money on the books, but it does create cap flexibility going forward for general manager Howie Roseman.
As for the Colts, general manager Chris Ballard is taking a calculated gamble.
Indianapolis head coach Frank Reich was Wentz’s offensive coordinator in Philadelphia when the youngster had what was an MVP-type year in 2017 before tearing his ACL in December. Before getting hurt, Wentz threw for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns against seven interceptions for an Eagles team which went on to win the Super Bowl behind Nick Foles.
If Reich can unlock Wentz to that degree again, the Colts become immediate contenders in the AFC alongside the likes of the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. Last season, Indianapolis went 11-5 despite being limited offensively with Philip Rivers at the controls.
Indianapolis still has money to use in free agency, even if the salary cap comes in at $180 million. Despite Wentz’s $34 million hit, the Colts still have another $34 million at their disposal to find additional offensive weapons, help in the secondary and more.