One of the things I feared would happen during the NFL off-season happened yesterday.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts.
As part of the deal, Philadelphia will get a third round pick in the 2021 draft. The team will also pick up a second round pick in the 2022 draft if Wentz plays seventy-five percent of the team's snaps in the 2021 season or if he is in seventy percent of the snaps and the Colts make the playoffs.
To be fair, a third round pick (as well as the likely second-rounder based on how Wentz performs) - for someone who was a second overall pick in the 2016 draft - looks good on paper.
But 'on paper' is the operative part of the sentence as I do not rate this player highly at all.
Neither does Philadelphia. Evidently.
His 2020 campaign was a disaster. He threw sixteen touchdowns, but also had fifteen interceptions. He was benched in favour of Jalen Hurts and apparently was regarded as a locker-room 'cancer'.
The good news - if you can call it that - is Wentz performed okay in the seasons when Frank Reich was his offensive co-ordinator in Philly.
Reich is the current head coach of the Colts, so even though I wouldn't call it a 'perfect landing spot', it is a move that makes sense.
With that said - I was disappointed with some of Reich's calls in the team's loss to Buffalo in the playoffs, so he's skating on thin ice with me.
This move is definitely a gamble. For both men.
Speaking of gambles - when I first started hearing reports that Wentz could be on his way to Indy - or Chicago - I placed £5 in two bets on him being the starter for either team.
I look to have a return of £9 if he starts for the Colts on day one of the 2021 season. I would have made a little bit more had a trade to Chicago transpired.
The concern I now have is whether the injury-prone Wentz starts the first regular season game for Indy when the season starts in September.