Extra Points: Good Riddance
Sometimes a relationship sours to the point where it's best for both sides to just cut ties and go on their merry ways.
The Eagles and Carson Wentz made their divorce official Thursday when general manager Howie Roseman agreed to trade the disgruntled quarterback to the Colts. According to ESPN.com and NFL.com, the Eagles will receive a third-round draft in 2021 and a conditional second-rounder in 2022 that could turn into a first-rounder if Wentz reaches certain incentives.
The Eagles will get a first-rounder in 2022 if Wentz plays more than 75 percent of the team's offensive snaps next season under coach Frank Reich or 70 percent if the Colts make the playoffs.
As recently as a year ago, it would have been unfathomable to think the Eagles would even consider trading their franchise quarterback, let alone be so desperate to work a deal that they would accept a mere pittance in return. And that they would be swallow a league-record, $34 million cap hit just to send Wentz packing.
They thought enough of his potential to hand him a $128 million contract extension in June of 2019, then watched Wentz enjoy a solid season in 2019. He threw for 4,039 yards with 27 touchdowns against seven interceptions and a 63.7 completion percentage to lead the Eagles to a playoff berth.
He only needed four games to reach seven interceptions this season. Wentz played more like Marcia Brady than Tom Brady, tying for the league lead with 15 interceptions and completing just 57.4 percent of his passes before getting benched in favor of Jalen Hurts.
He also developed a reputation as a malcontent who was sensitive to criticism and resistant to coaching. He reportedly feuded with coach Doug Pederson and the rest of the staff, and was seemingly unwilling to duke it out against Hurts in training camp for the starting job next season. He also skipped his exit interview with Pederson at the end of the season.
Roseman and owner Jeffrey Lurie tried to placate him by making the ludicrous decision to fire Pederson and replace him with former Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni, but Wentz was already intent on forcing his way out of town.
As the weeks passed, Wentz's market value shrunk. Initial reports indicated the Eagles were hoping to acquire two first-round picks, plus a player in a trade but found no takers.
The most logical move would have been to send him to the Bears in exchange for a second-round draft pick and quarterback Nick Foles. Wentz would be the quarterback for one of the NFL's most storied franchises while Foles could serve as a mentor and backup for Hurts.
But for some ridiculous reason, Wentz made it clear that he had no desire to go to Chicago.
No one knows why, since he hasn't spoken to the media since getting benched at halftime of the 12th game. Maybe he doesn't like deep dish pizza. Maybe there's no place to go deer hunting there in his spare time. Come to think of it, now Mike Trout's going to need a new hunting buddy.
And the Bears had no interest in bringing someone in who didn't want to be there, which is certainly understandable.
So now Wentz gets to be reunited with Reich, who was the Eagles' offensive coordinator in Wentz's first two seasons, and Press Taylor, who was the Eagles quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator before joining Reich's staff last month.
Good luck with that.
Wentz certainly has the potential and talent to be an elite quarterback, but his confidence took such a beating last season that he may not be salvageable.
The Eagles will roll with Hurts for now, but there's been talk that they are considering drafting a quarterback with the No. 6 overall pick. BYU's Zach Wilson or Ohio State's Justin Fields could be there. Trey Lance is also projected as a first-round pick, but don't expect the Eagles to draft him.
The last time they drafted a quarterback from North Dakota State, it didn't work out so well.
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