The second blockbuster trade of the NFL offseason took place on Thursday, as the Philadelphia Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts. The first trade involved former No. 1 overall pick Matthew Stafford, who was traded by the Detroit Lions to the LA Rams.
Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the Wentz trade while Stephen A. Smith, Max Kellerman, and Louis Riddick were on “First Take” together. While reacting to the trade, Riddick–a former NFL safety and executive–passionately talked about how the Colts are the only team Wentz can “get his mind right” with.
The Colts acquired Carson Wentz from the Eagles for two draft picks
The Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Colts for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-rounder. The Chicago Bears did not make an offer to the Eagles for Wentz, who was terrible in 2020 before getting benched for Jalen Hurts.
In the summer of 2019, the Eagles signed Wentz to a four-year, $128 million extension. The belief around the NFL was that the former second overall pick would spend his entire career in Philadelphia as the face of the franchise.
However, Wentz regressed in 2020 and played like the worst quarterback in the NFL. He was picked off 15 times in 12 games and only completed 57.4% of his passes. Wentz was eventually benched for Hurts. His relationship with Doug Pederson also became fractured.
Wentz is one of six quarterbacks in NFL history to record 20-plus passing TDs and 10 or fewer interceptions in three straight seasons, joining Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson, per ESPN. He will finish his Eagles career with 16,811 passing yards and 113 touchdowns.
Carson Wentz will be reunited with Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was Wentz’s offensive coordinator in Philadelphia for two seasons. Reich is the main reason why ESPN’s Louis Riddick likes this trade for Indianapolis.
Louis Riddick says the Colts are the only team Carson Wentz can thrive with
Louis Riddick is one of the smartest football pundits at ESPN. With that being said, Colts fans should be excited about the Carson Wentz trade after hearing what Riddick said on “First Take.”
“Going to Indianapolis is the very best place for him to go,” Riddick said. “It really was the only place for him to go if he’s to have any chance to really get his mind right first of all and then have this kind of supporting cast that he needs in order to reclaim his status as one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. I don’t think there was any other place that he could go in order to achieve that.
“Frank Reich understands what makes Carson tick, how he fell off, the kind of things he’s going to need to do for him on a personal basis in order to get him to play at a high level, keep his confidence up. He does have a much better offensive philosophy and or system with which Carson will now be able to operate under. And I think right now, it’s one of these situations where it’s sink or swim for him. It’s all or nothing now for him in Indianapolis. Because if it doesn’t work out there, I believe his career is over. It’s done.”
If Carson Wentz doesn’t play well with the Colts, Louis Riddick believes the QB’s NFL career will be over. It’s going to be fascinating to see how the one-time Pro Bowler performs in 2021.
The Colts will be under the microscope in 2021
The Colts needed a new quarterback after Philip Rivers decided to retire. Following the acquisition of Carson Wentz from the Eagles, Indianapolis will be under the microscope in 2021 since the gunslinger has one of the worst contracts in the NFL.
If Wentz can return to his near-MVP form, the Colts have a chance to rank among the AFC’s elite teams going into 2021. However, if he struggles again, Indy could miss the playoffs after making it in 2020.