When the Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Colts during the 2021 offseason, they were supposed to be granted a reprieve from the shaky durability of their former starter.
However, Wentz is dealing with another injury early in his days with the Colts. Sure enough, it’s affecting the Eagles.
It all has to do with the original framework 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 selection in 2022.
That conditional pick is tied to Wentz’s performance, and it can become a first-round pick. That’s part of why Philadelphia was willing to sell low on Wentz; it desperately wanted to get some sort of first-round pick in exchange for him, even a conditional one.
However, in wake of Wentz’s injury, that’s looking less likely. Why? Because the conditions tied to the pick are related to Wentz’s playing time.
Per Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice, there are two ways that second-round pick can turn into a first-round pick for the Eagles. 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 make the playoffs.
Right now, those scenarios look rather unlikely. Wentz is expected to miss five to 12 weeks, as he’ll have surgery to remove a loose bone from his foot. If Wentz can return in a five- or six- week timeline, he might not miss any time. That would bode well for the Eagles and would give each of those two scenarios a chance of happening.
However, with each week that Wentz misses, it will become increasingly difficult for Wentz to meet those conditions. As such, it’s likely that the Eagles’ pick will remain a second-rounder. That would rob Philly of a chance to maximize the resource that it received from the Colts in the Wentz trade.
The Eagles can’t complain too much. After all, they did agree to the conditions and will still receive a top-64 draft pick from the Colts in 2022. Nonetheless, they’ll certainly be disappointed that they won’t have another first-round asset for their war chest.
And moreover, they’ll be frustrated that Wentz is still finding ways to negatively affect them even while on another team.