Wentz to Indy: Steal of the off-season?
Carson Wentz has been traded to the Indianapolis Colts in a deal that will send a 2021 3rd-round pick and a 2022 conditional 2nd-round pick that may turn into a first round pick.
For an organization like the Colts who've been lost at QB since Andrew Lucks shocking retirement not even two years ago, this move will hopefully bring stability to the position. Wentz will be reuniting with Colts HC Frank Reich who was Wentz QB coach in Philadelphia for his first two years in the league including 2017 where the Eagles won the Super Bowl and Wentz would end up in 2nd place for MVP votes.
There is some risk for the Colts, who've just traded for a Quarterback with reasonable health issues, who also only had 2600 yards with 16 TDs and 15 IINTs last season. For this trade to be worth it to the Colts in the long run, Wentz will have to considerably perform better over the next four years which he will be contracted by Indy.
The trade compensation expected for Carson Wentz included at least a first-round pick due to the enormous trade package the Rams sent for Matthew Stafford just weeks ago. So the fact the Colts got their man for a 3rd round pick and a 2nd that may turn to a 1st, is a steal for the organization! With the upside of Carson Wentz in a system familiar to him, with a better offensive line than he ever had in Philly and arguably a better front office, it's likely that Wentz is able to resurrect his once great start to his career.
Colts fans rejoice around the world. There's still a lot of questions Wentz needs to answer as well as the organization, specifically what they'll do to add receiving threats for Wentz and how they plan to replace All-Pro LT Anthony Castonzo who's just retired two weeks ago. However, the first question has been answered; Wentz will start under center for the Colts in the 2021 season. The rest is up to the genius front office led by GM Chris Ballard who has a track record of efficient off-seasons dating back to his 2013-2017 rebuild of the Kansas City Chiefs. In his time in Indy he's also drafted All-Pros Quenton Nelson and Darius Leonard, along with promising athletes like Jonathan Taylor, Michael Pittman, Julian Blackmon and Rock Ya-Sin, while trading for All-Pro DeForrest Buckner and emerging TE Trey Burton all in the last two off-seasons.
Wentz is in good hands for maybe the first time in his career, and the sky is the limit.