FRISCO - The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, a deal that has ramifications that reverberate through the rest of the NFC East - and all the way to Dallas.
Those ramifications are, however, a matter of opinion.
On the one hand, the Eagles - who get a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first - are salvaging a situation gone bad. The trade, which will be made official when the new league year begins in March, rids Philly of a problem in Wentz, who declined greatly in his short time in the NFL and was the "face of the problem'' for a 2020 edition of the team that went 4-11 and then fired coach Doug Pederson.
Meanwhile, Philly presumably moves on to last year's second-round rookie Jalen Hurts at QB. One's opinion of his ability to be a top-notch NFL starter also colors the ramifications here, as there is gossip that the Eagles might still pursue QB help.
On the other hand, the Eagles cannot just escape the Wentz mistake with a trade.
Wentz - harshly billed as "the Eagles' $128 million quarterback'' - finished 34th in completion percentage and ranked first in interceptions (15) and sacks (50) last season despite being benched for the final four games in favor of Hurts. He'll be haunted by those numbers in Indianapolis as coach Frank Reich (who worked with Wentz in Philly) will try to "fix'' the QB.
But Philly will continue to be haunted by the financial mistake it made with Wentz. He'll cost the team $33.8 million in dead money in 2021. For the teams competing with the Eagles to win the NFC East? They will be pleased to learn that in 2021, Philly will be spending 19 percent of its cap money on a quarterback who doesn't play there anymore.
In Dallas, there is a great deal of argument over how much free agent QB Dak Prescott is worth. But as arch-rival Philadelphia tries to recover and rebuild at the position, all involved with the Cowboys can certainly agree on this: Paying Dak Prescott and the cap millions of dollars to play puts Dallas is a better situation than exists in Philly, where they are paying the cap millions of dollars for Carson Wentz to not play.
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