Chris Ballard woke up this morning with a lot to say about the state of the franchise. The Colts don’t have a first-round pick this year because they traded it to the Eagles for Carson Wentz, and it didn’t even get them into the playoffs after the team choked in the past few weeks.
Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said today while he does not regret trading for Wentz, he refused to commit to him remaining in Indianapolis.
“At the time, we felt it was the right decision,” Ballard said. “I’m not going to make a comment on who is going to be here next year and who is not.”
“Look, we embarrassed ourselves. embarrassed our owner. Embarrassed our city.”
Ballard was pretty vocal about the team getting their ‘ass beat’ by the Jags in Week 18.
Ballard’s comments echo those of Colts head coach Frank Reich, who also declined to give Wentz a vote of confidence for 2022.
Wentz is currently slated to have a cap number of $28.3 million for the 2022 season, if the team decides to cut him, they could save $13.3 million in cap space.
The Colts may also explore trading Wentz, but there may not be much of a market for him.
Monday, the Chicago Bears fired coach Matt Nagy and GM Ryan Pace; the Minnesota Vikings did likewise with coach Mike Zimmer and GM Rick Spielman; and Miami parted ways with coach Brian Flores. Sunday, Denver fired coach Vic Fangio.
No such reboot is happening with the Colts aside from the QB position.
Wentz had some great moments this season as he finished the 2021 season with 3,563 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Unfortunately for him, he last two weeks of the regular season is what he will be remembered for.
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