Philadelphia Eagles agree to alternate QB Carson Wentz to Indianapolis Colts

Jori Epstein


Carson Wentz has a brand original home.

And the Philadelphia Eagles possess parted with their one-time franchise quarterback.

After months of speculation, the Eagles possess agreed to alternate Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, a particular person with pronounce recordsdata of the deal told USA TODAY Sports actions on Thursday. The particular person requested anonymity for the explanation that deal had now not yet been officially introduced.

The Colts agreed to phase with a 2021 third-spherical rob and a 2022 conditional 2d-spherical rob that can perchance change into a basic if Wentz performs 75% of his original team’s snaps this year, USA TODAY Sports actions’ Mike Jones reported. The Eagles attach $10 million in roster bonuses due to Wentz in 2021, and so they rid themselves of $25.4 million of assured fallacious wage in 2021.

ESPN became once first to file the deal.

Wentz heads to the Colts after a rocky 2020 season whereby he obtained correct three of 12 starts before the Eagles grew to alter into to rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts. In Indianapolis, he reunites with Frank Reich – Wentz’s first expert offensive coordinator, now the Colts’ head coach – for what both aspects hope will seemingly be a contemporary commence.

Ball safety disorders plagued Wentz in 2020. He threw 15 interceptions (correct one short of his touchdown sign) and fumbled 10 cases, shedding four. Wentz became once additionally sacked a league-excessive 50 cases for a lack of 326 yards, a web site that became once now not helped by rampant injuries all one of the critical easiest ways through the Eagles’ offensive line.

The Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson on Jan. 11, correct three seasons after Pederson obtained a Gargantuan Bowl. Disagreement on personnel disorders, at the side of the preferrred arrangement to tackle Wentz and Hurts animated forward, contributed to the rift between Pederson and team proprietor Jeffrey Lurie. Philadelphia interviewed a deep exact of coaching candidates before finally hiring then-Colts offensive coordinator Slash Sirianni on Jan. 24.

The Eagles drafted Wentz with the 2d overall selection of the 2016 NFL draft. He started 68 video games all one of the critical easiest ways through 5 seasons for the Eagles, compiling a 35-32-1 fable. He achieved 62.7% of passes for 16,811 yards, 113 touchdowns and 50 interceptions. Wentz became once named to the Pro Bowl in 2017, when he led the Eagles to an 11-2 commence before tearing his ACL in what would change into the Eagles’ Gargantuan Bowl-winning season. Reich became once Wentz’s offensive coordinator that marketing campaign, Wentz throwing 33 touchdowns to seven interceptions while leading the league in quarterback rating and touchdown proportion.

Indianapolis has sought a franchise quarterback for the explanation that August 2019 surprising retirement of quarterback Andrew Success at age 29. Success, whom the Colts drafted first overall in 2012, had earned a Pro Bowl berth in four of his six seasons. The Colts grew to alter into to Jacoby Brissett when he walked away and signed stylish Phillip Rivers for 2020. Rivers, who approved a head-coaching job at an Alabama excessive college, introduced his retirement at age 39 in January.

Wentz has a likelihood to stabilize Indy’s quarterback room. No longer prolonged within the past, Philadelphia anticipated him to stabilize its franchise.

In June 2019, the Eagles and Wentz agreed to a four-year, $128 million contract extension through 2024. Now, 20 months later, Wentz leaves before the four-year extension comes into play. The Eagles gain cap home down the line, though they are going to aloof lift needless money.

Hurts, whom Philadelphia chosen within the 2d spherical of the 2020 NFL draft, started four video games as a rookie ending 77-of-148 pass makes an strive for 1,061 yards, six touchdowns and four interceptions. He additionally displayed athleticism and mobility to the tune of 354 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 63 carries.

Apply USA TODAY Sports actions’ Jori Epstein on Twitter @JoriEpstein

Contributing: Mike Jones

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