Another offseason domino tumbled yesterday when the Philadelphia Eagles traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a pair of draft picks. Philly acquires a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 2nd. The conditional second-rounder in 2022 becomes a first-rounder if Wentz plays 75 percent of the snaps or 70 percent and the team makes the playoffs. Unless Wentz gets injured, which based on track record isn’t impossible, then it is likely they will have the first-rounder next year.
The Colts get their new starting quarterback after the retirement of Phillip Rivers. Carson Wentz gets to reunite with his former offensive coordinator Frank Reich. He had his best seasons in Philadelphia under Reich. It almost assuredly takes Indy out of the QB market in 2021. They had been linked to players like Mac Jones in the latter portion of round one up to this point.
Indianapolis gets a team-friendly contract with most of the bonuses already having been paid out by the Eagles. I believe they will now turn their attention to the offensive tackle or wide receiver positions with the 22nd overall pick. Trading back is also possible as GM Chris Ballard may try to recoup some picks.
The Colts should be playoff contenders again in 2021, so if they lose the 2022 first-round pick to Philadelphia, it will probably be a late first.
Who is the future at quarterback for the Eagles and new head coach Nick Sirianni? As of today it would Jalen Hurts who started a handful of games as a rookie. Hurts was a second-round pick a year ago. The only other QB on the roster is Nate Sudfeld. Will the Eagles now be in the quarterback market at 6? Maybe they package their newly acquired picks to move up to draft Justin Fields or Zach Wilson. The top of the draft gets a bit more intriguing now. Jacoby Brissett is a free agent. He was coached by Sirianni the last couple of years in Indy. Perhaps a reunion is in order there.
By trading Carson Wentz the Eagles took a dead money cap hit of 33.8 million dollars. It is the largest dead money hit in the history of the NFL! The Eagles currently project to have a negative $47M in cap space. Good luck with that.
NFL DRAFT FALLOUT
The top of round one is now even more in flux. Outside of Jacksonville and Trevor Lawrence, no one knows anything at the top. The Jets and Falcons could both draft QBs at 2 & 4. Miami may still be after a trade for Deshaun Watson that assuredly involves pick 3 & Tua Tagovailoa. The Bengals could be staring at potential trade suitors looking for the QB that is left to get ahead of the Eagles at 6. Teams like the Lions, Panthers, Broncos, and 49ers all could be in the market to move up. Let the fun speculation begin.
OTHER NFL DRAFT NOTES
Speaking of Trevor Lawrence, the former Clemson passer had successful surgery on his non-throwing shoulder. He should be back for Jaguars training camp. Lawrence held a personal pro day last Friday that most teams attended. He was throwing to a couple of former Clemson wide receivers and potential day two pick Cornell Powell. Powell is coming off of a good week at the Senior Bowl.
Field Yates had a great stat after the Wentz trade that proves none of us know anything:
And with the trade of Carson Wentz, there will now not be a single QB drafted in the first round from 2009-2016 that is still with his original team.
0 out of 22 total.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 18, 2021