NFL experts grade and debate the Carson Wentz trade: Which team won the deal?

Carson Wentz is headed to the Indianapolis Colts to play for his former offensive coordinator. The Philadelphia Eagles traded Wentz to the Colts for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could turn into a first-rounder, league sources told ESPN’s Chris Mortensen and Adam Schefter. Wentz needs to play at least 75% of the Colts’ offensive snaps for the 2022 conditional pick to become a first-round pick.

Wentz will reunite with Colts coach Frank Reich, who was with the Eagles when the quarterback was drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in 2016. Wentz had his best season with Reich as his offensive coordinator in 2017, throwing an Eagles franchise-record 33 touchdown passes. He also ranked first in the NFL with a 78.5 Total QBR. Wentz was benched in 2020, however, as he threw 15 interceptions and was sacked 50 times. Rookie Jalen Hurts took over as the starter down the stretch.

The Eagles will carry a $33.8 million dead-money cap charge for Wentz in 2021. That will be the largest dead-money charge in NFL history, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano. The Colts needed a starting quarterback after Philip Rivers announced his retirement last month.

We asked our panel of ESPN NFL experts to weigh in on the Eagles-Colts trade, whether Hurts is the long-term answer in Philadelphia and where Indianapolis now ranks among the AFC favorites for 2021:

What’s your gut reaction to the trade?

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