Carson Wentz has finally been traded from the Eagles to the Colts and ESPN’s Adam Schefter has detailed exactly how messy the relationship was.
In the days after the trade officially ended the Carson Wentz era in Philadelphia, we’re learning more about some of the dramatic strife within the Eagles organization that may have forced the transaction.
The Eagles traded Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts for the 85th overall pick in the 2021 draft, and a conditional 2022 second-rounder that upgrades to a first-round pick based on Wentz’s playing time next season.
Despite the fact that Philly still isn’t sure if Jalen Hurts is the guy for them, and generally uncertain future, the Eagles are almost certainly relieved to have Wentz’s long-anticipated departure over with. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the news of the trade and now has more information on what exactly was brewing in Philly.
As it turns out, the saga was much more toxic than it played out in the public.
Carson Wentz and Doug Pederson’s relationship in Philly
According to Schefter, despite denials all season long Wentz’s situation was “done” and the problems extended beyond just Doug Pederson.
”I don’t think they wanted to be together,” Schefter said when asked by 97.5 The Fanatic if there was a scenario in which Pederson and Wentz mended their issues.
In detailing how tremendous the collapse was for the Eagles, Schefter noted that Pederson and Wentz went almost the entire season without speaking a word to each other.
“We have Carson not getting past [the Eagles drafting Jalen Hurts], we have Carson struggling, we have Carson and Doug not talking for weeks on end during the season,” Schefter said while rattling off the litany of things that created an untenable situation in Philly. “The head coach and quarterback are not talking for eight, nine, ten weeks.”
The claim about Pederson and Wentz not being on speaking terms has been disputed, and even flat out denied, but at this point who knows what was truth and what was propped up for the sake of appearance.
What we do know is Wentz is gone.
Now that the breakup is over, Wentz can try to get his career back on track with a pretty solid roster in Indianapolis. He rejoins his former offensive coordinator in Philadelphia, now Colts head coach Frank Reich. As for Pederson, he’s just tossed himself back into another possible quarterback competition but it looks like he has his man in Hurts.
We’ll see who ends up getting the better end of the deal.