According to Mike Sando of The Athletic, the Colts were ready to go in literally any other direction over keeping Wentz for the 2022 season. An anonymous executive basically exposed that fact to him.
“They were telling us they would prefer anyone over him,” the executive said.
Wentz was placed in Tier 3 in a vote of league personnel for the top quarterbacks in the NFL. He was tied with Jalen Hurts for 20th overall.
“The only reason I’m this strong against him is that is my evaluation from watching him play. But adding information of what the team that is with him on an intimate level on a daily basis, by going from having Wentz to having none, zero, that tells me that my evaluation of him from afar matches the evaluation internally. If Carson Wentz was not a first-round pick, would he be in the league right now?”
During the offseason, the Colts traded Wentz to the Washington Commanders in exchange for a 2022 third-round pick, a conditional third-rounder in 2023, and a swap of 2022 second-round picks that moved Washington up five spots.
That trade came one year after Indianapolis traded a 2021 third-round pick and what eventually became a 2022 first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for Wentz.
Wentz finished last year with 3,563 passing yards, 27 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions. He fell out of favor when the team missed the playoffs with a 9-8 record.
Most notably, the team struggled badly in the final two losses as the squad fell short of the postseason.
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