Here are reasons for Philadelphia Eagles to stay upbeat.
1. The Eagles got draft picks for an injured player.
It’s true. According to Stephen Holder, a writer for The Athletic, Reich stated that Wentz’s injury came from a loose bone that is believed to have come from an injury he sustained in high school. Knowing this, it is safe to assume that the Eagles would have had to deal with this foot injury at some point, whether it be this offseason, or one in the future.
If Wentz was in Philly for this season, it is a likely possibility that he would be in the same situation as he is now. Acquiring a third-rounder, one that was used to trade up for DeVonta Smith, and a second-round draft pick for a player who may not play for most of the season seem like a steal on paper.
2. Wentz seemed to have wanted out anyway.
Whether Eagles fans want to admit it or not, Wentz was looking for a way out this offseason, whether the team wanted to part with him or not. Adam Schefter tweeted that Wentz’s relationship with the team was “fractured beyond repair” before he got traded.
The organization fired Doug Pederson, likely in an attempt to persuade Wentz into staying, but he inevitably did not stay with the Eagles. Still, despite the Colts knowing this, Carson Wentz still brought the Eagles a decent package considering his injury history and regression during the 2020 season.
For comparison, WR Antonio Brown, who was considered one of the best receivers in the game at the time, was once traded for a third and fifth-round pick. While the quarterback position is often valued higher than the wide receiver position, this just shows that demanding a trade lessens the value of a player, and despite this, the Eagles got a good package for the disgruntled QB.