Carson Wentz will play for a new NFL team in 2021. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade the 28-year-old quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts. With the trade, the Eagles will get a third round selection in 2021 and a conditional selection for the second round in 2022, which could turn into an initial selection based on how much Wentz plays in 2021, according to ESPN.
The Eagles and Colts have been trying to close the deal for the past two weeks. Despite being viewed as a franchise quarterback, Wentz didn’t have a great 2020 campaign, which resulted in his being put on for Jalen Hurts, who will likely be the Eagles’ starter for the next season. That move also resulted in Wentz becoming frustrated with head coach Doug Pederson, who was fired after the 2020 season ended.
ESPN determined that Wentz wanted to leave Philadelphia. The Colts made the most sense of which team Wentz should join when he reunited with head coach Fran Reich, his former offensive coordinator with the Eagles. Additionally, the Colts needed a quarterback when Philip Rivers announced his retirement from the NFL.
Wentz was selected by the No. 2 Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft from the state of North Dakota. In his five seasons with the team, Wentz was called up to the Pro Bowl in 2017 and led the team to a 13-3 record that same year. However, Wentz ripped open his ACL in December 2017, which resulted in backup quarterback Nick Foles taking over the team and leading to his first Super Bowl win in franchise history.
Wentz played 13 games in 2017, throwing for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns. The following season, Wentz only played 11 games due to multiple injuries. He was able to play in all 16 regular season games and 2019 and led the Eagles into the playoffs. However, he had to leave the wild card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks as he sustained a head injury.
In 2019, Wentz signed a four-year contract extension for $ 128 million with the Eagles. Trading the Colts means the Eagles will hit a dead-cap hit of $ 33.8 million while the Colts will receive the remainder of Wentz’s extension, which is the $ 10 million guaranteed roster bonus due March 19 US dollars included.