The Indianapolis Colts’ interest in trading for Carson Wentz was confirmed over the weekend, and the consensus buzz indicates that they are currently entrenched in negotiations. However, that process appeared to hit a snag when it was reported that the Philadelphia Eagles were seeking at least two first-round draft picks in return for him.
Anybody who watched Wentz this past season knows that he isn’t worth anything more than a first-round pick AT BEST (many would argue a single second-rounder), so to call the Eagles’ evaluation of him unreasonable would be hitting the nail right on the head.
When rumors first surfaced of the Colts’ interest and subsequent pursuit, it looked to be more of a when (not if) a trade was agreed upon. However, the latest update on Indy’s views about Wentz proves they’re not entirely sold on him being their long-term starter under center.
So why even make this trade?!
The Colts might not be as high on Carson Wentz as we previously thought.
According to Sports Illustrated insider Albert Breer, if the Colts were to land Wentz, they would conduct a wait-and-see approach to his future instead of committing to him as the long-term solution straight away. That might not seem like much, but when you consider his history with head coach Frank Reich, it speaks volumes about their supposed lack of conviction in him.
Assuming this intel is accurate, you can pretty much forget about Indianapolis pulling the trigger on any deal involving Wentz if the Eagles don’t amend their asking price. Couple that with the rumor that the Colts are seeking additional compensation, including either draft picks or players, to help balance the asset playing field, and you’ll come to the realization that a trade is unlikely.
Chris Ballard has been consistent with his approach to trades since he took over the general manager reins four years ago — don’t act out of desperation and hold steady on your evaluation of players — and that has resulted in two of the greatest deals in Colts history.
For those curious, we’re talking about the DeForest Buckner home run last offseason and trading back in the 2018 draft only to end up with one of the most dominant offensive lineman in the league in Quenton Nelson.
Regardless of whether you’re sold on Wentz, fans should feel confident with this latest update, as it all but confirms that Ballard isn’t going to ship off a bounty of assets in return for a quarterback he clearly isn’t sold on.