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Eagles keeping an eye on Carson Wentz’ playing time

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One of the more intriguing elements of the trade between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Indianapolis Colts that sent Carson Wentz to Indy was how the draft pick compensation was structured.

The more Wentz plays, the better the pick will be for the Eagles, regardless of how well the Colts are playing or not. Wentz is dealing with injuries to both of his ankles following Sunday’s loss to the Los Angeles Rams, a game he left early. Per ProFootballTalk, Philadelphia will surely be keeping tabs on how much Wentz plays going forward.

The terms of the trade that sent Wentz from Philadelphia to Indianapolis say that the Eagles get the Colts’ first-round draft pick if Wentz plays 75 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps this season, or if he plays 70 percent of snaps and the Colts make the playoffs. Otherwise, the Eagles get the Colts’ second-round pick.

There’s certainly a big difference between having a team’s first-round pick or their second-round pick. While it’s still super early on in the season, the Colts are sitting at 0-2 and it’s possible they don’t rally this year and have a high first-round pick. If that’s the case and Wentz plays 75% of the snaps, that pick would go to the Eagles.

What makes this most fascinating is at the end of the year if the Colts are out of the playoff race, would they sit Wentz if he were healthy just to hang onto that first-round selection?

Who knows if it gets to that point but for the Eagles, they will be watching from afar.