After a frustrating 2020 season which ended with being benched for Jalen Hurts, speculation occurred about how much longer Carson Wentz was going to be with the Philadelphia Eagles. After weeks of trade talks, the team pulled the trigger. On Thursday, Philadelphia traded Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick which could turn into a first-round pick. Wentz has 3 years remaining on his contract after this upcoming season.
The condition for the second-round pick is if Indinapolas makes the playoffs and Wentz plays 75% or 70% of the snaps. Philadelphia gets their first-round pick in 2022 if it does not happen, the draft pick stays as a second-round pick in 2022.
In 12 starts, Wentz threw for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns 15 interceptions, and a passer rating of 72.6. Despite having his worst season, Wentz is not a bad quarterback. Before this season, Wentz has thrown for over 3000 yards and has thrown less than 10 interceptions in 3 straight seasons.
One of the biggest problems for Wentz last season was his offensive line, it was not giving him any time to throw the ball or make plays and allowing him to get sacked a league-high 50 times. Although his offensive line was terrible, it was not his only problem, another problem was the lack of production from his wide receivers. With Travis Fulgham only having 539 receiving yards and that being the highest total on the team it’s concerning.
After signing Phillip Rivers last off-season, Indianapolis made the playoffs with an 11-5 record only to get eliminated by the Buffalo Bills in the Wildcard round. With a defense that is ready to win now along with a talented supporting cast, the team needed a replacement for Rivers at Quarterback due to him retiring. Carson Wentz gives Indinapolas a massive upgrade at Quarterback than what they have currently.
Along with Indianapolis having a better supporting cast, another factor is Frank Reich being the head coach. In 2017, when Reich was the offensive coordinator of the Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz had his best season yet in the NFL.
With Jalen Hurts being impressive in his starts last season, it made sense for Philadelphia to move on from Wentz getting picks in return and start over with Hurts as the starter.
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