The Eagles had to trade Carson Wentz for a pittance just 5 years after giving up a haul to draft him
- The Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Colts for a third-round and conditional second-round pick.
- The return the Eagles received for dwindles in comparison to other recent star trades.
- The Eagles had little leverage because of Wentz's big contract, recent poor play, and known desire to leave the Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, according to multiple reports.
The Eagles' return for Wentz was alarmingly minuscule: a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick.According to NFL Network's Mike Garofolo, the 2022 second-round pick becomes a first-round pick if Wentz plays 75% of snaps for the Colts or plays 70% of snaps, and the team makes the playoffs. Neither bar is terribly high, barring significant injury to Wentz, meaning it looks likely that the Eagles will receive a 2022 first-rounder in the trade.
Of course, two major factors were working against the Eagles: Wentz's recent play and his contract.Wentz signed a four-year, $128 million deal in 2019. With the trade, it is worth $98 million over four years, according to Spotrac. The Eagles are left with a $34 million cap hit for 2021 from Wentz.
—Spotrac (@spotrac) February 18, 2021
Wentz struggled mightily in 2020, completing just 57% of his passes and throwing 16 touchdowns to 15 interceptions. Though the Eagles' offensive weapons didn't provide a ton of help, Wentz often flat-out missed on throws or misread coverages in back-breaking ways.
—PFF (@PFF) December 1, 2020When rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts replaced Wentz, reports surfaced that Wentz was unhappy and wanted a new situation. All offseason, further reports indicated the Eagles were open to moving him.There wasn't much leverage to be had for Philadelphia.
The Eagles' return still looks like a major loss
Wentz's trade comes just 19 days after Jared Goff, the 2016 No. 1 pick, was traded to the Detroit Lions. To acquire Matthew Stafford, the Rams traded Goff, plus two first-round picks.
The deals aren't entirely similar: Goff also had a massive contract that the Rams had to incentivize the Lions to take, and Stafford only has two years left on his deal. He has also been better than Wentz.But as teams give up more and more in trades for high-end players, it still looks like the Eagles took whatever they could get for Wentz.
The New York Jets received two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and safety Bradley McDougald from the Seahawks for star safety Jamal Adams.
The Minnesota Vikings received 2020 first-, fifth-, and sixth-round picks, plus a 2021 fourth-round pick from the Buffalo Bills for Stefon Diggs.The New York Giants received a first-round pick, third-round pick, guard Kevin Zeitler, and safety Jabrill Peppers for Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon.
Ultimately, the winner of the deal might be Wentz, who goes to a competitive team in Indianapolis with a solid offensive line. He is also reunited with head coach Frank Reich, his former offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.With Wentz's trade, none of the quarterbacks drafted in 2016 are left with their original teams, according to ESPN's Field Yates.
—Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 18, 2021
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