Carson Wentz was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick on Thursday.
Let’s check it out from both sides. Stick around Bears fans.
The Colts need a quarterback, and they don’t have time to wait for a rookie because they have an established team that is ready for a deep playoff run.
Last season, the Colts represented one of the best defenses in the league (22.9 points per game), one of the best offensive lines (21 sacks allowed), and an excellent rushing offense (127 yards per game and ninth most rushing touchdowns).
The Colts never had a good enough passing game behind Philip Rivers to get the job done. They only scored 1.5 times per game through the air (21st) with a 95.7 passer rating (13th). Plus, Philip Rivers, 38, served his final season with the Colts last year.
Now, the Colts get Carson Wentz. Wentz landed third in MVP voting in the 2017-2018 season with the Philadelphia Eagles, the year they won the Super Bowl. That season Wentz threw for 3,296 yards and a solid 33:7 touchdown-interception ratio.
Last season, Wentz had one of the worst years of his career. He threw for under 3,000 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. But, the Eagles gave him zero help around his team.
Wentz was sacked the most of any other quarterback in the NFL while working with two first-round busts at wide receiver (JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Jalen Reagor), and missed players like Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert, and Zach Ertz during the year due to injuries.
The Colts are handing Wentz the reigns of a well-established NFL team. If he can revert to his 2017-2019 form, the Colts will be unstoppable. Plus, Wentz only accounts for $22 million against the cap for the Colts, giving them plenty of room to work in free agency.
The Philadelphia Eagles are in a tough spot, mostly with Wentz’s contract. They will owe $33.8 million in dead money to their cap, according to The Athletic.
The Colts are giving them a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional second-rounder that is likely going to change to a first-round pick. Wentz has to play either 75% of snaps or 70% of snaps and make the playoffs next season for the pick to change to a first-rounder, per Mike Garafolo of NFL Network.
This trade was good for the Eagles. If it were on a grading scale, I would say their end of it gets a B. They now have some ammunition to start rebuilding pieces of the puzzle. They need offensive line help, wide receivers, and defensive help too.
The fact that the 2022 pick will most likely be a first-round pick helps. But, for the Colts to get Carson Wentz for just two draft picks is a little disappointing.
Either way, the Eagles have their quarterback in Jalen Hurts, they are slowly but surely getting Wentz off of their payroll, and they have what they need to restart.
BONUS: What does this mean for the Chicago Bears?
The Chicago Bears never made an offer for Carson Wentz, per Jay Glazer.
This shocked a lot of people, considering multiple reports dictated the run for Wentz came down to the Colts and the Bears. Ryan Pace, general manager, did not give in to the Eagles’ desire for a “Matthew Stafford package.”
Now, the Bears have a few options on the table. They can still go after veterans in the league, the more likely options being – Sam Darnold, Gardner Minshew, or even Ryan Fitzpatrick. Or, the Bears could draft at the 20th pick for a guy like Trey Lance or Mac Jones.
With the schedule the Bears have next season, playing the NFC West and AFC North, Bears fans could be looking at a high-value draft spot and a house clear of the front office/coaching in the 2022-2023 season.
Bears fans will have to wait to see what direction Ryan Pace and Matt Nagy will want to take the team. Remember, their jobs are seriously on the line this season.