The Philadelphia Eagles and Carson Wentz break-up saga is officially over.
After months of silence from Wentz after being benched at halftime during Week 13, and speculation on what’s next for the $128 million quarterback, Wentz was shipped to the Indianapolis Colts, the favorite (-400) to be his home next season.
The 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. ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson first reported the much-anticipated deal.
Wentz trade shifts Colts odds
The Colts finished 11-5 in 2020 with Phillip Rivers as quarterback. He retired after the Colts were ousted in the Wild Card round 27-24 by the Buffalo Bills. Colts head coach Frank Reich is often cited as a main reason Wentz reportedly preferred the Colts. Reich was the Eagles offensive coordinator in 2017 when Wentz was having an MVP season before he tore his ACL.
The trade for Wentz caused movement for the Colts’ Super Bowl odds:
- DraftKings: The Colts moved from +2500 to +2200
- FanDuel: The Colts were +2900 after Super Bowl LV and are currently +2600
- BetMGM: The Colts’ odds have shifted from +2500 to +2000
Colts odds after Wentz trade at DraftKings:
- Super Bowl: +2200
- AFC Championship: +1100 (was +1200)
- AFC South: -106
- Regular Season MVP: Wentz +3000 (was +4000)
Eagles odds after Wentz trade
The Eagles drafted Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft in a move that surprised many, especially after awarding Wentz with a contract extension and having various other needs. Wentz, playing behind a makeshift offensive line and aging wide receivers, had a huge regression in 2020 and led the NFL in interceptions (15).
Hurts started the final four games and finished with a stat line of 77/148, 1,061 yards, 6 TDs, 4 INTs. He also rushed for three touchdowns.
The Eagles have eight picks in the 2021 NFL Draft including the sixth overall selection. Of course, since the Wentz trade is finalized, now the speculation turns to who the Eagles will draft and if they might select a quarterback.
Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl odds after Wentz trade
- Super Bowl: +6600
- NFC Championship: +2800 (only Washington and Detroit have worse odds)
- NFC East: +400 (was +350)
- Regular Season MVP: Jalen Hurts +8000 (was +10000), Miles Sanders +25000
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