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From Paul Bowman, Sports Talk Philly Editor
It had been months of conversation with no seemingly real reports other than the fact that at least one team had called through quarterback Carson Wentz.
This appears to have changed as an agreement was reportedly reached.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Colts will send the Eagles a third round selection and a future conditional second for the former MVP leader.
Philadelphia has agreed to trade Carson Wentz for a selection for the third round in 2021 and a conditional selection for the second round in 2022 for the Indianapolis Colts.
– Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter), February 18, 2021
The decision to move from Wentz is a bit of a mystery to the Eagles. They drafted Wentz with the second overall win in 2016, saw him play at MVP level in 2017, gave him no support and lost the only coaches who actually helped him, gave him a huge contract, then turned around and drafted in the second round another QB instead of a differentiator.
It’s a whirlwind. It also comes with risks.
The team will swap out a player who achieved the top 10 for QBR, QB rating, touchdown percentage, and interception percentage from 2017 to 2019.
What remains for them is a second year player in the most important position in the game. One who appeared in only four games, played the same bad game as Wentz in two of them, and only had one really good game. This good game gives some hope that he can be a high profile QB, but the bad game is also cause for concern. His career is just too early for young people to see where it will lead.
The team probably won’t be players in the free agency, and a QB with a veteran minimum is likely all to expect from that angle. The only other option is for the Eagles to design another QB with their top picks. This is another risk and would be their third round first or second pick, which they spend on quarterback in six drafts.
If they want a chance of success, they have to actually support their quarterback with a game plan and players that will enable them to succeed, which seems to have been lost in the team since 2018.
Fans will have to see how that plays out, but if there’s no information yet on a deal to save cap space, a ton of dead cap and a single round three selection at this arena probably won’t help that much.
The teams’ return could have been severely affected by Wentz calling for a move to Indy, resulting in better deals from the board.