For the second time since the regular season ended, a starting quarterback has been traded. This time, the Philadelphia Eagles sent former No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts.
Rumors suggested the Eagles were looking for a huge haul for Wentz. In the end, he was dealt for a third round pick in the 2021 draft and a second round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft that has the potential to become a first if Wentz plays 75 percent of the snaps for the Colts in 2021 and the team makes the playoffs. This is another big domino to fall in an off-season that’s shaping up to be quite interesting.
Wentz was drafted No. 2 overall by the Eagles in the 2016 NFL Draft, one slot behind Jared Goff, who was also traded this off-season from the Rams to the Lions. In five seasons, Wentz started 68 games for the Eagles, going 35-32-1. He threw for 16,811 yards and 113 TDs. In the 2020 season, Wentz started 12 games, going just 3-8-1, throwing for a career low 2,620 yards, 16 TDs and 15 INTs. He was benched for second round pick Jalen Hurts, who now sits as the best option currently on the Eagles’ roster.
Former Colts Offensive Coordinator Nick Siriani is now the Eagles coach, and it will be up to him to fill the hole left by Wentz. Hurts, drafted No. 53 overall in the 2020 draft, started four games, throwing for 1,061 yards, six TDs and four INTs. The Eagles figure to add to their quarterback room either through the draft or free agency. Trading Wentz is just the first move in what figures to be a busy off-season for the cap-strapped Philadelphia Eagles.
For the Colts, Wentz’s arrival fills in a big hole for the team, which has struggled to fill the quarterback position since Andrew Luck retired just prior to the 2019 season. In the 2019 season, Jacoby Brissett took over, as the team went 7-8 in his 15 starts and missed the playoffs. In 2020, veteran Philip Rivers came over from the Los Angeles Chargers. He led the Colts to an 11-5 record and a playoff slot, throwing for 4,169 yards, 24 TDs and 11 INTs. Rivers retired following the season, leaving the Colts looking for their fourth starting quarterback in four seasons.
With the Colts, Wentz joins an offense that features second-year back Jonathan Taylor, who rushed for 1,169 yards and 11 TDs, second-year receiver Michael Pittman and third-year receiver Parris Campbell. The Colts also project to have more than $40 million in cap space even after absorbing Wentz’s contract. That gives them room to sign free agents to build around Wentz in a strong, young offense.
In terms of fantasy, the Colts and those who roster Wentz have to hope for more of a return to form. For now, I have him the QB2 range. This should sustain or boost the value for Pittman and Campbell as well, while Taylor projects as a low-end RB1 in 2021.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a proud member of the Drive-In Podcast Network.