Wentz trade alters course of Eagles franchise

Jackson McCrae '23

On Thursday, February 18th, 2021, the NFL community received groundbreaking, yet unsurprising news: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was being traded to the Indianapolis Colts. Wentz, who had requested a trade, had been waiting anxiously for Howie Roseman and the rest of the Eagles front office to agree to a deal with Colts, the only team who seemed heavily interested in Wentz.

Despite rumors that the Eagles were looking for first round picks and potentially young players, the Eagles received the 85th pick in this year’s draft, and a conditional 2022 second rounder pick that could turn into a first rounder. If Wentz plays 75% of the Colts offensive snaps next season or if he plays 70% of the snaps and the Colts make the make playoffs, the pick turns into a first.

While the consensus across the NFL community was that what the Eagles wanted for Wentz was too much, the package they received was still less then what most expected the Eagles to get for him. While a guaranteed first would have made the deal much sweeter, a conditional pick combined with a third rounder for a quarterback who struggled mightily this past season is still a solid deal.

However, with the NFL Draft still ahead, the Eagles quarterback question is still far from settled. Do the Eagles stick with the second year Jalen Hurts, or do they potentially take a quarterback with the sixth pick in the draft, like Trey Lance? Lance, who ironically went to the same college as Wentz, North Dakota State University, is projected to be taken around where the Eagles are selecting. While most mock drafts have the Eagles taking wide receiver DeVonta Smith out of Alabama, who won the Heisman this year, it is possible that the Eagles take Lance. Some are even projecting the Eagles trade back in the first round.

With the draft next month and the season still months away, the Eagles have plenty of time to figure out what they want to do at quarterback. Only time will tell if the Eagles made the right move in moving on from Wentz and how this move will affect the Eagles’ future and the rest of the league.