Breaking news in the NFL as another quarterback has been traded. The Philadelphia Eagles have traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second round pick.
The Colts have found their new starting QB in former number 2 overall pick Carson Wentz who has been coached by Colts head coach Frank Reich. Reich has chosen another former quarterback that he worked with as he chose Philip Rivers the previous season to start as quarterback. With Rivers behind center Rivers led the Colts to a 11-5 record with a loss to the Buffalo Bills in the wild card. The Colts are loaded with a defense, offensive line, and run game. It is a perfect situation for Wentz but it’s up to Reich and him to take the Colts to the next level.
This trade was one sided as GM Chris Ballard was able to trade for the quarterback with just a third-round pick and a conditional second-round pick that could be a first-round pick. Ballard is a shrewd operator when it comes to draft picks and did not give the first round picks that it was rumored that the Eagles wanted.. Ballard believes in building from within and not relying on free agency and to be able to not give up a lot of picks is a win for the Colts as they can use them to build around Wentz. Wentz’s contract does not hurt the Colts salary cap as well as the Eagles will have to eat 33.8 million in dead cap and the Colts will have to pay Wentz 47.4 million guaranteed across the two first seasons. The Colts have a lot of flexibility to build around Wentz in free agency.
The grades for this trade are the Indianapolis Colts A+. The Colts were able to get the quarterback they wanted for two draft picks and keep their 2021 first round pick. While the Philadelphia Eagles get a grade of D+ as they didn’t get high draft picks that they were asking for and they eat 33.8 m in dead cap for the upcoming season.
E.J. Bryan of Spotlight Sports Network