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Carson Wentz Headed to Indianapolis

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The exchange includes a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-round pick.

The Eagles will receive the 85th overall pick in this year’s draft, according to ESPN. The conditional second-rounder can become a first-round pick based on Wentz’s playing time.

Sources told ESPN that Wentz needs to play at least 75% of the Colts’ offensive snaps for the 2022 conditional pick to convey to a first-rounder. The pick also could become a first-rounder if Wentz plays at least 70% of the snaps and the Colts reach the playoffs.

In another NFL blockbuster trade this offseason, the Colts will assume the balance of Wentz’s $128 million extension, including the $10 million guaranteed roster bonus due March 19, while the Eagles will take a $33.8 million dead cap hit — the largest dead-cap hit that any team ever has taken for a player.

ESPN’s Field Yates reports what the Colts will owe Wentz over the next few years.

  • 2021: $10M roster bonus, $15.4M salary (guaranteed), $25.4M cap hit.
  • 2022: $22M salary ($15M guaranteed), $1K roster bonus, $22M cap hit.
  • 2023: $20M salary, $5M roster bonus, $25M cap hit.
  • 2024: $21M salary, $5M roster bonus, $26M cap hit.

Written by Megan Turner

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  1. Fair price point, I think Wentz will thrive in that offense. This has been the move all along, the Bears were just leverage. Nagy does not need another QB to mess up, he’s got two already.

    The Colts do need to learn some valuable lessons from 2020 however, they were FAR too conservative on offense. They’ll say that was due to Rivers lack of arm strength, possibly true, but that excuse is now gone. If the Colts continue to play their “2 yards and a cloud of dust” offense for 2.5 quarters every week with Carson Wentz than we know the problem is coaching.

  2. Colts got a bargain. They still have to come up with a replacement for their quality LT who retired, but the rest of the line is stout. Colts are going to improve from last year’s playoff team.

    Philly is a poorly run organization with a GM living off past Super Bowl glory. The O-line is really bad, the WRs are mediocre at best and the defense is aging. They downgraded at coach and QB. Things are gonna get hectic.

  3. Yep, Wentz will do well due to actually having good players around him. As PFreedom states the Eagles o line and wr’s were shit. The Birds are a shit storm because of owner Jeffrey Lurie, who is more interested in being a SJW and Howie Roseman, who is a terrible GM. Lot of bad years ahead.

    • Exactly. Given that the AFC South is essentially a two-team race at this point (TEN/IND), Wentz landed in a perfect spot. He had a terrible ’20 season but that ain’t all on him. Terrible draft picks (JJ Arciega-Whiteside!? Reagor over Jefferson!?) and horrible bloated contracts from aging/oft-injured players left that man trying to make chicken salad out of chickenshit. Eagles fans: I see some hungry days ahead…

  4. So Philly had the option to (1) pay 10 million and release him or (2) pay 33.8 million and get a third and second/first round pick. So an incremental 22.8 million for the rights to those two picks. Wonder if that’s the going rate for picks. Feels like the first round will make it worth it, but if it’s a low second rounder probably not.

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