Carson Wentz’s meltdown in the Indianapolis Colts final game of the 2022 NFL regular season against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be his last game as quarterback of the Colts.
Yesterday, the Colts announced that they had accepted a trade of two third round picks (the second of which could become a second rounder based on incentives) in the next two drafts, plus a swap of second round picks this year, for their now former quarterback from the Washington Commanders.
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Wentz Pays The Price For Inconsistencies
The last season didn’t begin well for Wentz as he started the season injured and even when he came back from injury, he was not at full fitness and this was clearly evident as the Colts struggled out of the blocks, going 1-4 in their opening five games.
However, a strong run of performances in mid-season, including a very good performance against the Jets in a short week, put the Colts in with a chance of making the playoffs come the final week of the season.
A win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the worst team in the NFL, was all that was required.
However, Wentz had a nightmare day as his offense could only muster 233 yards in total, and he threw a key interception in the game that meant the Colts fell to a shock 26-11 loss in Indianapolis missing out on the playoffs as a result.
I said at the time the result may well impact certain players future at the club and now that has come true with Wentz making the move to Washington.
Commanders Get A QB As Wentz Returns To The NFC East
The Washington Commanders needed to address the quarterback situation this off-
season with Ryan Fitzpatrick missing almost all of last season and Taylor Heinicke only impressing in flashes, it was clear that the team was deficient at QB.
It was therefore unsurprising to see the Commanders name linked with a number of potential quarterback moves with talk prevalent on a move for Russell Wilson (who joined the Denver Broncos earlier this week) and even speculation that Washington could move for the Texans wantaway quarterback DeShaun Watson.
However, for a relatively modest couple of mid-round draft picks, the Commanders have picked up a quarterback that has plenty of experience of the NFC East from his time with the Eagles.
The trade will be finalized, along with a number of other trade deals when the new season officially begins on March 16.
The Commanders now have their starting QB in place for the forthcoming season and they have not paid a great deal for that.
However, they are going to need to see performances from Wentz more akin to his 2017 season MVP-level performances, rather than his lacklustre tenure at the Colts.
What Now For The Colts?
While the Commanders now have their QB situation sorted, the Indianapolis Colts are now in the position of having to find their new starter for the season.
Frank Reich will be keen to find a quality replacement, but with Wilson and Rodgers futures now sorted, the Colts seem to have some pretty slim pickings available to them.
Jimmy Garoppolo, who is set to leave the San Francisco 49ers after undergoing shoulder surgery, is one potential option, but much will depend on how quickly and effectively the signal caller recovers from the operation.
Another potential option is Marcus Mariota, the former Tennessee Titans quarterback, who was Derek Carr’s back up in Las Vegas last season. He may well be their second choice if Garoppolo’s shoulder proves to be problematic.
With the Colts unable to agree a deal with left tackle Eric Fisher this week, it looks like two key positions on offense could well need to be sorted by the Colts in the run up to the new season and how they fill those positions will likely determine their chances of going one better this year and making the playoffs.
PointsBet Sportsbook have the Colts now at +2800 to win the Superbowl next season, but those odds may change when the Colts finally announce which QB they intend to bring in to replace Wentz.