Now that the Super Bowl has concluded the 2020 – 2021 NFL season, many teams of the National Football League are starting to make moves as the offseason is beginning to heat up. On Thursday, February 18th, 2021 the Philadelphia Eagles are trading their struggling quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a couple of future draft picks. This trade agreement between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts will become official on March 17th, 2021 when the new NFL year begins.
The Philadelphia Eagles are sending their former starting quarterback Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2021 third round draft selection (85th overall) as well as a conditional 2022 second round draft pick which could possibly change to a first round choice in the 2022 NFL draft depending on how much playing time Wentz get with his new team in the Indianapolis Colts. If Carson plays 75 % or more of the Indianapolis Colts’ offensive snaps, or if Wentz plays 70 % or more of the Colts’ offensive snaps and Indianapolis makes the NFL playoffs then the 2022 second round draft pick would change to a first round selection in the 2022 NFL draft.
This new blockbuster trade has been in the works for the past couple weeks, and it should come to no surprise to anyone who follows the National Football League. The Philadelphia Eagles had previously said they were moving on from Wentz in order to start their young and talented quarterback, Jalen Hurtz. While the Indianapolis Colts were in desperate need of a starting quarterback after their former veteran QB Philip Rivers just recently retired from playing professional football following the conclusion of the 2020 – 2021 NFL season.
The Struggles of Carson Wentz
Some of the major concerns for Wentz revolve around his inability to stay healthy and remain on the field for his team. During his outstanding 2017 – 2018 NFL season he tore several ligaments in his knee in December of 2017 just prior to the Philadelphia Eagles playoff run which resulted in a victory in Super Bowl LII over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. The following NFL season Carson suffered a stress fracture in his back as well. Although Wentz was injured multiple times over the course of his NFL career, he did put up some outstanding numbers during his first three NFL seasons.
That definitely changed last year as the now 28 year old quarterback had a completion percentage of 57.4 % which was ranked 34th in the NFL, and Carson was ranked first in sacks with 50 as well as first in interceptions with 15. His relationship with coaches and management soured due to his poor performance during the Philadelphia Eagles 2020 – 2021 NFL campaign resulting in him getting benched for the last four games in favor of the Eagles’ young star quarterback, Jalen Hurtz. Wentz is hoping a fresh start with the Indianapolis Colts will revive his NFL career as the Colts have a better system with more upgraded offensive weapons for him to move the ball with.
Football Career Achievements, Honors, and Awards for Carson Wentz
- Super Bowl Champion (LII)
- NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2017)
- NFL Second – Team All – Pro (2017)
- Bert Bell Award (2017)
- 5 Time FCS Champion (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015)
Odds to Win Super Bowl LVI
According to Intertops sportsbook these are the odds to win Super Bowl LVI as of Thursday, February 18th, 2021.
|Kansas City Chiefs||+450|
|Green Bay Packers||+800|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+800|
|Los Angeles Rams||+1200|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1400|
|New Orleans Saints||+2000|
|Los Angeles Chargers||+2800|
|New England Patriots||+5000|
|Washington Football Team||+5000|
|New York Giants||+6600|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+6600|
|New York Jets||+8000|
“Philadelphia Eagles trade QB Carson Wentz to Indianapolis Colts for two draft picks”, Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen, espn.com, February 18, 2021.
“United States, NFL Futures, NFL 2021 / 22 Super Bowl LVI: To Win Outright”, intertops.eu, February 18, 2021.