His departure from the team was ugly, given his struggles.
However, he indirectly helped the team that drafted him to get more draft assets.
The Eagles got a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 first-rounder when they traded him to the Indianapolis Colts.
That transaction gave Philadelphia three picks in round one of the 2022 NFL Draft.
However, the Eagles traded that first-rounder (16th overall) and the 19th overall pick to the New Orleans Saints.
In return, the Saints gave Philadelphia the 18th overall pick, their 2023 first-rounder, and their 2024 second-rounder.
The Eagles also received New Orleans’ third and seventh-round selections in this year’s draft.
General manager Howie Roseman was able to leverage those picks into more draft capital, especially for next year when the quarterback class is projected to be deeper.
Meanwhile, National Football Post writer Brenden Deeg kept track of the assets Philadelphia acquired from Indianapolis.
The Eagles traded the Colts pick to the Saints. The Eagles in the end got this haul for Carson Wentz:
— Brenden Deeg (@BrendenDeegNFP) April 4, 2022
He pointed out that the picks the Eagles got from the Colts expanded from two to four.
Aside from the 2021 third-rounder, they also have a 2022 third-rounder and a 2024 second-rounder.
Meanwhile, they got a first-rounder in return even if they traded two away.
In short, the Eagles lost only one first-rounder in the process.
Eagles Maintain Roster Flexibility
Acquiring more draft picks gives Philadelphia several contingency plans depending on how the 2022 season unfolds.
As of now, Jalen Hurts remains their starting quarterback but possibly not for long.
The Eagles have structured their 2023 draft for when Hurts fails to live up to expectations.
That 2023 first-rounder will likely be a quarterback if they decide that Hurts isn’t the answer.
However, the team will still allow him to succeed by stockpiling talent via the 2022 draft.
If he turned out to be the play-caller they are looking for, the Eagles will use next year’s first-rounder to address other roster loopholes.