The report adds that conditional second-round pick could become a first-rounder next year, depending on certain performance criteria including Wentz playing at least 75 per cent of the Colts’ offensive snaps next season or alternatively playing 70 per cent with Frank Reich’s side reaching the play-offs.
The trade – which is not official at this stage – reunites Wentz with Reich, who was the offensive co-ordinator during the Eagles’ memorable 2017 season, when the quarterback starred before suffering a season-ending injury as back-up Nick Foles led Philadelphia to their first-ever Super Bowl triumph against the New England Patriots in Minneapolis.
Wentz was initially revered as the future of the Eagles franchise after starring in the aftermath of being drafted out of North Dakota State with the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
However, the 28-year-old has suffered multiple injury problems during recent years, while last season he was eventually benched and replaced by 2020 second-round pick and Heisman Trophy runner-up Jalen Hurts following a wretched run.
Wentz heads to Indianapolis as a replacement for veteran signal-caller Philip Rivers, who confirmed his retirement in January after 17 seasons in the NFL – one with the Colts, which ended with a 27-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills in the wildcard round of the playoffs.