The Philadelphia Eagles traded five picks back in 2016 to acquire the No. 2 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, which became Carson Wentz. Now, Philly is trading Wentz away for two draft picks.
Philadelphia has agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first, league sources tell @mortreport and me.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 18, 2021
As Schefter’s tweet mentions, the 2022 conditional second-round pick the Eagles are getting can become a first-round pick.
ESPN’s insider reported the two ways Philly can get a first-round pick are:
- If Wentz’s playtime is at or above 75% next season, OR
- If Wentz plays at least 70 percent of the plays and the Colts go to the playoffs.
From the player perspective, Wentz is going to the best place possible for his development and return to playing well. In 2017, Wentz was having an MVP-caliber season when he tore his ACL.
The Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl with Nick Foles, and Wentz hasn’t been the same since. However, Wentz now reunites with the coach that helped him be so successful in 2017, Frank Reich.
The now-Colts head coach was Philadelphia’s offensive coordinator from 2016-17. So, Reich knows Wentz, and — based on Indy’s investment — it looks like he thinks Wentz is fixable.
Reports had recently surfaced that the Eagles wanted a deal similar to what Detroit got for Matthew Stafford. The Lions received two first-round picks, a third-round pick and QB Jared Goff for Stafford last month.
Again, Philadelphia got two picks, a third rounder this year and a second rounder (potentially first rounder) next year. The Eagles were clearly a little ambitious hoping for a Stafford-level haul.