Let’s say it again. The Philadelphia Eagles won the Carson Wentz trade.
In February of 2021, the Philadelphia Eagles traded former 1st-round pick, Carson Wentz, to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for draft picks. Six months later, he was working with his former offensive coordinator Frank Reich to get him back to being the player that nearly won league MVP.
As you may have heard, he’s now out of the lineup indefinitely due to an injury to his left foot. According to ESPN’s Mike Wells, surgery will keep him out for 5-12 weeks. This isn’t surprising to Eagles fans, who saw firsthand his issues with durability. Wentz has experienced two injury-free seasons in his six years as a professional.
Wentz’s injury this season could cost the Birds some. Philly received two draft picks with his departure, a third-round pick in 2021 and a conditional second-round pick in 2022. This second-round pick could become a first-round pick if Wentz plays 75 percent of the offensive snaps or if he plays 70 percent of the snaps while leading the Colts to a playoff berth.
Now that Wentz is sidelined for 5-12 weeks, there’s a chance that the most he could play this season would be about 70.5% of the snaps, and that would require him to stay healthy for the rest of the season. He’s now taking up a huge chunk of cap space, so here’s the question. Did the Philadelphia Eagles win the Carson Wentz trade as we stated here at Inside The Iggles or are they the ‘losers’?
While a first-round pick is an ideal compensation for Wentz, the Eagles still benefit from the fallout in several ways. Here are three examples.