By: Lucas Kochevar
The Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles have completed a trade and it is a doozy. The Eagles are sending starting QB Carson Wentz to the Colts in exchange for a second round pick and another pick TBD at a later date with certain conditions tied to the pick. This trade sets forward the rebuild process for the Eagles, meanwhile, the Colts hope to rejuvenate Wentz's career with former Eagles OC Frank Reich as his new HC. Lets look at how it can shake out for both teams.
The Colts were a really solid playoff team last season and they pushed Buffalo to a tough game on the road. All year long they had a strong defense led by DT DeForest Buckner. The Colts offense was led by QB Phillip Rivers, who just recently retired. He had a solid year, but it was well known that he was cooked. It was time for him to step away and he knew that. He leaves an offense that features a primary RB in, now sophomore, Johnathan Taylor and an elite offensive line led by OG Quentin Nelson. Carson Wentz played horribly over the past year and had some of the worst metrics recorded by a QB. He was often caught in trouble and he had many off target throws. A handful of passes were interceptions. According to @QBDataMine on Twitter, 5.3% of Carson Wentz's passes should have been picks. This rate was only better than Nick Mullens, Sam Darnold, and Tua Tagovailoa.
Stats like these are why the Eagles only got a couple day two draft picks. The film doesn't help him either as he was one of the least accurate QBs in the league as well. The good news for the Colts is that they have all the makings of a team that can build around Wentz properly and bring out the Wentz that showed MVP flashes in his 2017 season. The other good news was that this Carson Wentz performed at his best under Reich. Wentz had 3296 yards, 33TDs, 7INTs all in 13 games before he tore his ACL. He had a career low in accuracy this year, but he elevated all his players on offense that year and was a big reason why they had a legitimate shot at the Super Bowl. I am excited to see if Wentz can make the Colts a contender in the competitive AFC.
The Eagles have hit the restart button on their entire franchise. They will have a brutal road ahead of them and now they have quite the decision in the draft. They sit at the 6th pick and will likely have a chance at the four stellar QBs at the top of this draft. They also have QB Jalen Hurts, who took over for Wentz in the last couple of weeks. They are also in cap hell sitting at around -47 million. Along with this they took on around 30 million in dead cap from trading Wentz. They are full of aging players and injury prone guys. They are gonna be set back now for a couple years, whether they like it or not. The shame of it is that they just won the Super Bowl and looked like they could have maintained this type of dominance. The NFL turns over quickly and leaves you wondering what happened in a blink of an eye. Eagles fans will be mad for years to come, but at least they can claim that Super Bowl from 2017. They will be a bottom feeder in the league now for some time moving forward.