Carson Wentz injury is bad news for Eagles

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When the Eagles traded quarterback Carson Wentz to Indianapolis, they hoped to get a first-round draft pick back. That is now looking less likely.

Under the terms of the trade, the Eagles need Wentz to stay healthy and play a lot for them to get the Colts’ 2022 first-round pick. With Wentz out a reported 5-12 weeks with a foot injury, that’s going to be hard.

The specifics of the trade are that the Eagles get the Colts’ first-round pick if Wentz takes at least 75 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps, or if Wentz takes at least 70 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps and the Colts make the playoffs.

If Wentz misses a full 12 weeks after surgery, that would mean he would miss the Colts’ first seven games. That’s more than 40 percent of the season, so even if Wentz played every snap after that and the Colts made the playoffs, he wouldn’t play enough to give the Eagles a first-round pick.

If Wentz only misses five weeks, he can still come back and play for the Colts in Week One. So it’s still entirely possible that Wentz will play 75 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps, or even that he’ll play 100 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps, and that the Eagles will get a first-round pick.

But given Wentz’s history, the Eagles can’t count on him staying healthy. Wentz just gets hurt a lot, going back to his senior season at North Dakota State, when he missed eight weeks with a broken wrist, and continuing through his NFL career.

The good news for the Eagles is that they’re in outstanding shape in the 2022 NFL draft. In addition to either the Colts’ first- or second-round pick, the Eagles have all their own picks, the Dolphins’ first-round pick and Washington’s fifth-round pick. They’ll have a bounty of picks regardless, but they’re hoping a healthy Wentz adds to that bounty.

17 responses to “Carson Wentz injury is bad news for Eagles

  1. It’s bad news for the eagles in that they don’t get a first round pick, but it’s good news for the eagles in that they got what they could before his value declined even more.

    I’m of the belief that every game Wentz played, his value would have further decreased, and given his play style, injury history and declining athleticism (due to all the injuries – last year he couldn’t outrun defensive linemen like he used to), it’s going to be really difficult for him to finish another season intact, even with the Colts’ elite offensive line.

  2. Now the Eagles will only be able to blow a second round pick. Not a first rounder. Sad.

  3. Dolphins first round pick maybe a late first rounder if Tua plays better, but they will have a high first round pick when they only win 5-6 games

  4. I don’t think Eagles fans are sweating over probably only getting a 2nd. It very well could be a high second.

    The best gift of all is not having to deal with Carson’s drama plus he has his BFF Press Taylor/QB whisperer to play XBox with while he rehabs.

  5. Whether Hurts does well or not, it seems like the Eagles made a smart decision with this trade.

  6. Uh, they got a second rounder for one of the worst QBs in the league last year. How is that bad news for the Eagles?

    It should be bad news for the Colts, but Ballard is Teflon Man as far as the media is concerned.

  7. If I am not mistaken the Birds are paying Wentz FULL SALARY ($25M) this up coming season…LMAO…how’s the QB factory doing?

  8. It’s still great news fir the Eagles….Wentz and his absurd contract are now the Colts’ problem

  9. Yea, but it’s great news for the rest of the NFC East.

    Now Deshaun Watson can end up somewhere else.

  10. So, obviously the Eagles would love a first round pick. But, if we’re applying logic here, and Wentz played well, not only are you talking about the Eagles getting his highlights thrown in their face, you were prob talking about a 25th-ish pick. Now, your not only not *too* worried about him performing too well but a pick around 40 is feasible. Not a bad haul

  11. The Eagles have cap problems and aging players.
    They need a great 2022 draft to recover.

  12. roughingthepasser says:
    August 3, 2021 at 9:09 am
    The Eagles have cap problems and aging players.
    They need a great 2022 draft to recover.

    No cap problems. Aging roster yes.

  13. In the scheme of things I wonder how many total picks Wentz has actually cost the Eagles?

  14. fcox91 says:
    August 3, 2021 at 9:27 am
    roughingthepasser says:
    August 3, 2021 at 9:09 am
    The Eagles have cap problems and aging players.
    They need a great 2022 draft to recover.

    No cap problems. Aging roster yes.

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    Aging roster? In 2020, they were in the middle of the pack, and only 1.4 years off the pace. They got a lot younger this year. They’ve got 11 picks in next year’s draft. They’re not aging, though some individuals are older (Kelce). They’re actually getting younger as a team.

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