Carson Wentz has a new home.
And the Philadelphia Eagles have parted with their one-time franchise quarterback.
After months of speculation, the Eagles have agreed to trade Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts, a person with direct knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday. The person requested anonymity because the deal had not yet been officially announced. The divorce comes after a rocky 2020 season in which Wentz won just three of 12 starts and ultimately was demoted in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts.
ESPN was first to report the deal.
Ball security issues plagued Wentz, who threw 15 interceptions (just one short of his touchdown mark) and fumbled 10 times, losing four. Wentz was also sacked a league-high 50 times for a loss of 326 yards, an issue that was not helped by rampant injuries across the Eagles' offensive line.
The Eagles fired head coach Doug Pederson on Jan. 11, just three seasons after Pederson won a Super Bowl. Disagreement on personnel issues, including how to handle Wentz and Hurts moving forward, contributed to the rift between Pederson and team owner Jeffrey Lurie. Philadelphia interviewed a deep stable of coaching candidates before ultimately hiring then-Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni on Jan. 24.
Carson Wentz (Photo: Mark J. Rebilas, USA TODAY Sports)
The Eagles drafted Wentz with the second overall selection of the 2016 NFL draft. He started 68 games across five seasons for the Eagles, compiling a 35-32-1 record. He completed 62.7% of passes for 16,811 yards, 113 touchdowns and 50 interceptions. Wentz was named to the Pro Bowl in 2017, when he led the Eagles to an 11-2 start before tearing his ACL in what would become the Eagles’ Super Bowl-winning year.
In June 2019, the Eagles and Wentz agreed to a four-year, $128 million contract extension through 2024.
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