The Philadelphia Eagles made a franchise-altering trade today that seemed inevitable. It is being reported that they have traded 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.
The deal can not officially be announced by the team until the new league year starts on March 17th.
Before this trade, the highest single dead money charge in NFL history was Jared Goff at $22 million on Rams' Cap while being traded to the Detroit Lions. Wentz will incur $34 million on the Eagles' Cap in 2021, obliterating that record set just a few weeks ago. Due to the unprecedented circumstances, this will likely be a record the team holds for years to come.
It was rumored before that Carson Wentz had an irreparable relationship with Doug Pederson, but even after the Eagles fired Pederson in January it became clear that Wentz's problems with the organization went much deeper. The straw that broke the Wentz's back was when Howie Roseman chose to draft Jalen Hurts with a second-round pick in 2020 rather than adding a potential weapon for Wentz on offense or a possible starter on the defensive side of the ball. This questionable draft choice was made even after Wentz was able to rally an injured, inexperienced offense to a division title in 2019. What Howie Roseman thought would be a wise choice to have a competent backup quarterback for the oft-injured Wentz backfired on him and has essentially handicapped the team for the 2021 season (and possibly beyond).
Common sense would make it appear that Jalen Hurts will be the team's starting quarterback in 2021. However, with the Eagle holding the sixth pick in April's draft, it's worth wondering if Roseman will try drafting a potential franchise quarterback in round one even though the team has numerous holes that need to be addressed.
In just five seasons, Wentz leaves the Eagles ranking among the top in all QB stats: T-8th in games played (68), 4th in touchdowns (113), 4th in passing yards (16,808), 4th in completions (1,562), 2nd in 300-yard games (19), T-4th in 4th quarter comebacks (8), and 6th in game-winning drives (9). His MVP-caliber play in 2017 was also instrumental in helping the Eagles earn the #1 seed in the NFC, which was a vital part of their Super Bowl run and a reason why the team has their first (and only) Lombardi Trophy in their trophy case.