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The trade for QB Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts has officially been finalized.
Wentz was traded from the Eagles last month for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick, with the potential of becoming a first-round pick if Wentz either plays 75 percent of snaps or plays 70 percent while getting the Colts to the postseason. The athletic quarterback has flashed moments of brilliance earlier in his career, throwing 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions to be considered a potential 2017 league MVP before suffering a brutal knee injury late in the season. Wentz reuniting with former Eagles OC and current Colts head coach Frank Reich could be exactly what the quarterback needs to return to his former elite level of play. The Colts also have one of the best offensive lines in the league, which will buy Wentz more time to make better decisions in the pocket.
Per Adam Schefter, Carson Wentz has been traded to the Colts for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first.
The speculation for the last few weeks was that Wentz was headed to either Indianapolis or Chicago. While reports were that the Bears had a better offer on the table, the quarterback preferred Indianapolis. The Colts give Wentz a much better opportunity to bounce back to the near-MVP-level play we saw from the former second overall pick. Wentz landed a dream gig for a quarterback with an elite offensive line, a strong run game, and a group of talented pass-catchers. He struggled in 2020 with the Eagles, setting career-lows in completion percentage, yards per game, touchdown rate, and yards per attempt. He also set career-highs in interceptions and sacks before being benched for rookie Jalen Hurts. Hurts appears set to take the lead under center for the Eagles in 2021 now. This news will cause Wentz to fly up draft boards and make him a high-end QB2 with tremendous upside.
NFL insider Albert Breer is reporting that the Bears are the current frontrunner for Carson Wentz and that the Bears want to know that Wentz wants to go there before finalizing a deal.
The Bears and Colts have been the two main suitors for Wentz since he was put on the Eagles' trading block. It appears as if the holdup right now is that the Bears are worried that Wentz doesn't want to play in Chicago, as Breer is reporting that the Bears have the best offer on the table. The Bears could certainly use the help at quarterback, and if they're unable to land Wentz via trade before April's draft they may use their 20th pick to address that position.
Zak Keefer on Twitter is reporting that the Eagles are standing firm on their steep asking price for Carson Wentz while teams interested in acquiring the veteran quarterback are not willing to pay up.
During the regular season, NFL insiders were speculating that the Eagles would have to add something to draw interest in a deal for Wentz because of his ugly 4-year/$128M contract. Even after a horrendous 2020 season that inevitably got the fifth-year quarterback benched, the Eagles still think they can get a good haul in return for him. The Rams and Lions made a blockbuster trade for Matthew Stafford and Jared Goff that may have skewed the market value for a quarterback a bit. Reports are that the Eagles are asking for multiple first rounds picks and the only rumor that has involved a first round pick so far was the involving the Bears. They reportedly offered the 20th overall pick along with Nick Foles and Tarik Cohen, who each have heavy contracts of their own. While Adam Schefter reported that a trade would be happening in the "coming days" nearly a week ago, either the Eagles will have to drop their asking price or a suitor will need to pay up. Right now, neither side seems willing to budge.
Carson Wentz, who is reportedly set to be traded soon, will not be heading to New England. "The Patriots aren’t a serious suitor for Wentz," per a Jeff Howe source.
The Patriots appear likely to head into the 2021 season with a glaring weakness at quarterback, but they do not seem interested in likely-to-be-traded Carson Wentz. Howe went on to say that the Patriots may be interested in bringing back Jimmy Garoppolo however. Wentz has now been tied to trade rumors regarding the Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, and Denver Broncos, among others. In the 2019 offseason, the quarterback signed a 4-year/$128M extension that most teams don't seem interested in giving up much for. Now 28 years old, Wentz may be playing his first season for someone other than the Eagles since they drafted him second overall in 2016.
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