Thoughts on Jalen Hurts and the Eagles trading Wentz one year later

Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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Howie Roseman, Philadelphia Eagles
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The Philadelphia Eagles won in the Carson Wentz trade

Can you believe it? Howie Roseman pulled off a great trade that worked in the Eagles’ favor. Philadelphia’s general manager gets a lot of criticism for his moves and draft selections ( and rightly so), but this trade could be remembered for a long time as one that got the Birds out of a bad situation and gave them a fresh start.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded a quarterback who seemed to give up on the team (and himself), one who seemingly won’t return to the near-MVP form he reached in 2017. Roseman finagled his way out of paying Wentz that big contract… well, some of it anyway. That freed up some money and after using the third-round pick he acquired in Wentz’s trade to move up into the 10th spot in the first round of last year’s draft, he landed star rookie wide receiver, DeVonta Smith.

The former Heisman Trophy winner is off to a good start (64 receptions for 916 receiving yards and five receiving touchdowns in his rookie season), and as mentioned earlier, he managed to snag another first-rounder in the trade thanks to Wentz playing 75% of Indy’s offensive snaps.

The Colts, on the other hand, didn’t just land a quarterback that failed them, they lost on this trade because after mortgaging some of the future to acquire Frank Reich’s guy, they’re back in the market for a franchise signal-caller. They definitely didn’t get what they paid for.

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One can say the story still isn’t done, that the Eagles might move on from Hurts. Some might ask if that can truly be used as ammunition for the ‘Eagles won the trade’ argument, but Hurts was a second-round draft selection that no one expected to start. If he takes the next step, Howie will be seen as being a genius.

Roseman shouldn’t move on from Hurts. Not yet. He should use the Eagles’ draft capital to build up the receiving corps and give Jalen and this Eagles defense some weapons. Philadelphia has a young offense. Hurts has proven he can be the leader that this team needs. Coming off of a playoff season, the future in Philadelphia might be a little brighter than we originally thought.