When the Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Colts in the 2021 offseason, they were supposed to get a reprieve from their former starter’s precarious durability.
However, Wentz faces another injury early in his days with the Colts. Indeed, it affects the Eagles.
It all has to do with the original frame 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 draft in 2022.
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This conditional pick is tied to Wentz’s performance, and he may become a first-round pick. This is partly why Philadelphia was willing to sell low on Wentz; he desperately wanted to get some sort of first-round pick in return for him, even a conditional one.
However, following Wentz’s injury, that seems less likely. Why? Because the conditions linked to the choice are linked to Wentz playing time.
According to Jimmy Kempski of Philly Voice, the second-round pick can turn into a first-round pick for the Eagles in two ways. They are as follows:
- Wentz plays at least 75 percent of Indianapolis’ offensive snaps.
- Wentz plays at least 70 percent of Indy’s snaps and the Colts advance to the playoffs.
At the moment, these scenarios seem rather unlikely. Wentz is expected to miss five to 12 weeks because he will need to have surgery to remove a loose bone in his foot. If Wentz can return within five or six weeks, he might not miss a moment. That would bode well for the Eagles and give each of those two scenarios a chance to happen.
However, with each week that Wentz misses, it will become more and more difficult for Wentz to meet these conditions. As such, the Eagles’ pick is likely to remain a second round. This would deprive Philly of a chance to maximize the resource she received from the Colts in the Wentz Trade.
The Eagles can’t complain too much. After all, they’ve agreed to the terms and will still receive a Colts Top 64 pick in 2022. Nonetheless, they’ll certainly be disappointed that they don’t have another first-round trump card for their war chest.
And what’s more, they’ll be frustrated that Wentz always finds ways to negatively affect them even when he’s on another team.