If Carson Wentz turns out to be a good quarterback again, then the NFC just saw another quality player at the game’s most important position move over to the other conference and the AFC got that much harder. If not, then I guess the NFC could be no worse without Wentz.
Adam Schefter tweeted on Thursday morning that the Philadelphia Eagles have traded Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2021 third and a conditional 2021 second round pick that could become a first. It appears to be a lot more than what the LA Rams could have gotten for Jared Goff in a deal that didn’t involve Matthew Stafford, but the upside is that the trade did involve Stafford.
Philadelphia has agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first, league sources tell @mortreport and me.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 18, 2021
The Eagles will incur a $33 million cap hit for Wentz in 2021. The Rams might end up with about $7 million in savings from the Goff trade, should they restructure Stafford accordingly. But Philadelphia traded Wentz now to avoid an upcoming $10 million roster bonus.
The parallel lives of Goff and Wentz continues. Just in new locations.
The list of AFC quarterbacks, in addition to Wentz, now includes Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Ryan Tannehill, Justin Herbert, Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, Derek Carr, Tua Tagovailoa, and most likely Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence, while the Patriots, Broncos, and Jets mull upgrades.
The NFC quarterbacks list is topped now by Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, and Stafford, with Dak Prescott, Matt Ryan, Kyler Murray, Kirk Cousins, Jimmy Garoppolo, and Goff as other probable starters. Washington, Chicago, and New Orleans don’t really have a set starter yet, the Giants must decide on Daniel Jones, the Panthers on Teddy Bridgewater (though that seems to be over), and the 49ers on Garoppolo.
And of course, the Eagles appear to be starting Jalen Hurts. For now.