Colts Trade for Carson Wentz

Sam Murphy
Editor in Chief

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Well folks, it actually happened — Carson Wentz is coming to Indianapolis to reunite with Frank Reich.

About a month ago, following Philip Rivers announcing his retirement, I released my wishlist for how I wanted the Colts to handle their quarterback situation. There were a plethora of options I hoped Chris Ballard and the Colts would pursue, and naturally, they went with the options myself, and I’d say most fans wanted least.

Sure, there will be people out there who say Reich can bring Wentz back to an MVP-caliber player he was in his one good season. However, I’m a bit skeptical to say the least. I simply don’t see how Wentz alone puts the Colts in any “contender” conversations.

Wentz has shown some positives in his career thus far. As mentioned above, the former #2 overall pick had his best season under Frank Reich in 2017. He led the Eagles to an 11-2 record, throwing for 3,296 yards on 60.2 percent completion percentage with 33 TDs and 7 INTs before tearing his ACL and not returning for the eventual Super Bowl champs. Oh, he also had a winning record as a starter, going 35-32-1 over the past five seasons.

In my opinion, however, the negatives far outweigh the positives. Wentz has only played a full season twice in five seasons. He’s hit 4,000 yards only once in his career, and barely eclipsed the mark with 4,039 yards in 2019. He takes bad sacks — granted his offensive line hasn’t been great in Philly, but certainly not every sack was on his offensive line. And worst of all, he’s prone to turnovers.

Last season alone, he led the league in interceptions with 15 in 12 games and added four fumbles on top of that. In 68 career games over five seasons, Wentz has 50 interceptions and has put the ball on the ground 58 (!!!) times.

Even with the addition of Wentz, Chris Ballard is going to need to actually use the cap space available to get some offensive weapons to help him out, if this team is going to make any strides. As of now, the Colts haven’t improved from last season, but there’s still plenty of time to fill out this roster.

So, could Wentz return to an MVP-caliber player? Sure, stranger things have happened in the NFL. But I’ll choose to be a skeptic and hope to be wrong. Only time will tell the true outcome.

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