If nothing else, the final two days have bolstered how unbelievably essential the quarterback place is in at this time’s NFL. It additionally confirmed how determined some groups can get relating to buying an completed quarterback.
The NFL‘s quarterback saga continued on Wednesday with the information that the Colts have been buying and selling Carson Wentz to the Commanders only a yr after Indianapolis despatched a 2021 third-round decide and this yr’s first-round decide to Philadelphia for Wentz. The Colts went 9-8 throughout their one season with Wentz, who failed to finish 60% of his throws in Indianapolis’ final two video games of the season. The Colts misplaced each video games whereas failing to make the playoffs for the second time during the last three seasons.
Beneath is our commerce grades for each groups, in addition to what every crew gained and misplaced within the transaction.
- 2022 third-round decide
- 2023 third-round decide that escalates to a second-round decide if Wentz performs 70% of snaps
- 2022 second-round decide
- Carson Wentz
- 2022 second-round decide
Whereas different picks have been included, the Colts primarily gave up their 2022 first-round decide for one season with Wentz, a season that led to disappointment. Given what they gave as much as purchase him, it is considerably stunning that the Colts bailed on the experiment after only one yr.
Whereas perhaps a tad untimely, if the Colts felt that Wentz wasn’t the reply, it made sense to drag the plug now and go in a brand new route. However the place do they go from right here? The Colts haven’t any confirmed quarterbacks on their roster, and with no first-round decide, they will not be within the working to accumulate one of many prime quarterbacks within the draft.
Given their quarterback state of affairs, it will have made sense to incorporate Taylor Heinicke within the commerce. Whereas he is not a star, Heinicke did full 65% of his passes with 20 touchdowns in 15 begins final season. As a substitute, it seems that the Colts will go all-in on attempting to accumulate 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. With 9 picks on this yr’s draft, Indianapolis has the sources to place collectively a commerce for Garoppolo, a former Tremendous Bowl starter who has a 37-16 profession report as a beginning quarterback. However given what number of groups are out there for a quarterback, the Colts could must battle a number of different groups for the appropriate to accumulate the 30-year-old veteran.
If they’re unable to land Garoppolo, the Colts’ subsequent possibility might be former Bears beginning quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, who’s arguably the perfect quarterback on this yr’s free agent class. With the forty second general decide within the draft, the Colts could also be in place to pick North Carolina’s Sam Howell, CBS Sports activities’ fifth-best draft prospect.
Washington reportedly kicked the tires on nearly each obtainable quarterback this offseason that included new Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson. The Commanders determined to not wait on Garoppolo and as an alternative settled on Wentz, a former Professional Bowler who owns a 44-40-1 common season report as a beginning quarterback.
The 29-year-old Wentz has proven flashes of brilliance throughout his profession. He was within the league MVP dialog earlier than struggling a season-ending harm the yr the Eagles gained the Tremendous Bowl. Wentz endured one other injury-plagued season in 2018 earlier than he helped lead Philadelphia to the playoffs in 2019. However he was jettisoned out of Philadelphia after he threw an NFL-high 15 picks throughout the 2020 season.
Wentz threw simply seven interceptions final yr whereas throwing 27 touchdowns. At occasions, he appeared just like the participant who was within the NFL MVP dialog 4 years earlier. However his lack of consistency finally led to his brief keep in Indianapolis. Whereas he will not have Jonathan Taylor in Washington, Wentz may have wideout Terry McLaurin and working again Antonio Gibson at his disposal. And with Wentz in tow, Washington can use the eleventh decide within the draft on one other place to assist enhance their roster.