According to NFL Analyst Ron Jaworski, the Indianapolis Colts have offered a draft compensation package that is highlighted by two second round picks, but have so far, refused to include a first round pick for Philadelphia Eagles former franchise quarterback Carson Wentz in ongoing trade negotiations between the two teams:
Talked to Ron Jaworski about the Carson Wentz – Eagles Trade Drama
“My understanding is that the Colts have offered 2 – 2nd round draft choices, maybe a 3rd or 4th down the road. That appears to be the best offer I have heard”#Eagles holding out for 1st!@6abc@JawsCEOQB pic.twitter.com/kYVbhwnL3h
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) February 11, 2021
‘Jaws’, who is a former Pro Bowl Eagles quarterback and has existing ties to the organization, reports that this appears to be the best offer that the Eagles have actually received so far, but Philly general manager Howie Roseman is still holding out hope to receive a first round pick from the Colts or another NFL trade suitor.
Love it or hate it, this seems like a believable and realistic trade offer that Colts general manager Chris Ballard might actually have offered for Wentz. Strong and fair enough to be reasonably considered, but he’s not going to mortgage the Colts’ future either and get desperate—even with Indianapolis’ glaring vacancy at starting quarterback.
As the former 2nd overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, Wentz still has talent and is only 28 years old, but he’s coming off a dreadful 2020 campaign in which he threw for 16 touchdowns to 15 interceptions before being benched late in the season for rookie backup Jalen Hurts.
However, Wentz isn’t too far removed from a 2017 season, in which he was a legitimate NFL MVP candidate for the then 11-2 Eagles—having thrown for 33 touchdowns to 7 interceptions, before unfortunately, suffering a season-ending torn ACL.
His offensive coordinator during that All-Pro passing season in Philadelphia?
Colts head coach Frank Reich—where the two established rapport and a positive working relationship together.
The hope is that by being reunited with Reich and his ‘quarterback friendly offense’—while passing behind a strong offensive line (assuming the Colts can shore up left tackle) and backed by a strong Jonathan Taylor-led power running game, that Wentz can be fixed—essentially regaining his old form.
While their window hasn’t arguably opened yet, the Colts have a well-balanced, ‘built to win now’ roster which is perhaps a starting veteran quarterback upgrade away from seriously competing for a Super Bowl Championship in 2021.
Wentz comes with great risk, certainly—featuring a high ceiling, but also a very low floor. However, the Colts are faced with limited readily available starting caliber veteran options right now at quarterback this offseason.
For what it’s worth, Wentz’s contract does allow for an ‘easy out’ after two seasons too.
Otherwise, the Colts franchise might have to pay a king’s ransom to trade up in the upcoming NFL Draft to get a top quarterback prospect (which is also risky).
It appears that both the Colts and Eagles have currently reached a stalemate in trade talks, but that doesn’t mean that a deal won’t ultimately be reached, or even struck soon.