When the Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Colts during the 2021 offseason, they were supposed to be afforded a respite from their former starter’s shaky durability.
However, Wentz is dealing with another injury early in his days with the Colts. Indeed, it is affecting the Eagles.
It all has to do with the original framework of the trade that sent Wentz to the Colts. Indianapolis received Wentz in the deal, while the Eagles got two draft picks: a third-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and a conditional second-round pick in 2022.
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That conditional pick is tied to Wentz’s performance and may become a first-round pick. That’s part of the reason Philadelphia was willing to sell Wentz cheap; He desperately wanted to get some kind of first-round pick in exchange for him, even a conditional one.
However, in the wake of Wentz’s injury, that seems less likely. Why? Because the conditions attached to the selection are related to Wentz’s playing time.
By Jimmy Kempski from Philly Voice, there are two ways the second-round pick can become a first-round pick for the Eagles. They are as follows:
- Wentz plays at least 75 percent of Indianapolis’ offensive plays.
- Wentz plays at least 70 percent of Indy’s plays and the Colts make the playoffs.
Right now, those scenarios seem pretty unlikely. Wentz is expected to miss five to 12 weeks as he will undergo surgery to remove a loose bone from his foot. If Wentz can return within five to six weeks, he may not miss a moment. That would bode well for the Eagles and would give each of those two scenarios a chance to happen.
However, with each week that Wentz loses, it will become increasingly difficult for Wentz to meet those conditions. As such, the Eagles’ pick is likely to remain second-round. That would deprive Philly of the opportunity to maximize the resources it received from the Colts in the Wentz trade.
The Eagles can’t complain too much. After all, they accepted the terms and will still receive a top 64 pick from the Colts draft in 2022. However, they will certainly be disappointed that they don’t have another first-round asset for their war chest.
Plus, they’ll be frustrated that Wentz keeps finding ways to negatively affect them even while they’re on another team.