The Philadelphia Eagles trade Carson Wentz.
The biggest move of the Eagles offseason was when they traded fifth-year quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2021 third-round selection and a conditional 2nd-round selection in 2022 that has the potential to become a first-round pick if Wentz plays at least 75 percent of the Colts offensive snaps. Normally the team trading away a franchise quarterback is considered the proverbial loser of the trade. The Eagles benefit in many ways from trading Carson Wentz.
Heading into what Roseman called a ‘transition period’, having draft capital is essential. Depending on how the 2021 season shakes out for Wentz and the Colts, the Eagles could be looking at three first-round draft picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Worst case scenario would be two first-round picks and two second-round picks. Gaining draft picks isn’t the only benefit of trading Carson Wentz.
Any time you can reset your cap situation after being in the hole the way the Eagles were, it’s a great thing. Building a championship contender in today’s NFL is hard, especially when franchise quarterbacks want, but rightfully deserve contracts that eat up over a quarter of the team’s annual cap space.
By trading Wentz, the Eagles incurred the largest dead cap hit in NFL history, a whopping $34 million hit to their 2021 cap space. But after this season the contract comes off the books and the Eagles will have a lot of money to work with when it comes to rebuilding this team into a contender.