For the second time this week we saw a starting quarterback traded to a new team. This time it was the Indianapolis Colts who dealt Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders.
Wentz was with the Colts for just one season after being dealt by the Philadelphia Eagles last off-season. This trade to Washington was for far less compensation, as the Colts sent Wentz, a Second Round Pick and Seventh Round Pick to Washington for a Second Round Pick, a Third Round Pick and 2023 Conditional Third Round Pick, which could become a second.
Both the Colts and Commanders missed the playoffs in 2021 after making the field in 2020, and both have talked about needing to make a change at the quarterback position. For the Commanders, Ryan Fitzpatrick was the opening day starter, but lasted just a few snaps before an injury ended his season. In his stead, Taylor Heinicke led the Commanders most of the season. He remains on the roster and could be in the mix for Washington.
Wentz played five years for the Eagles after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and spent a year with the Colts. He’s 44-40-1 as a starter, throwing for 20,374 yards and 140 touchdowns against 57 interceptions. Wentz has struggled with injuries at times but started all 17 games for the Colts in 2021 despite myriad injuries. He went 9-8 as the Colts narrowly missed the playoffs.
In Washington, Wentz will be paired with top young receiver Terry McLaurin, third year running back Antonio Gibson and veteran receiver Curtis Samuel and tight end Logan Thomas. Washington also still has the No. 11 overall pick in the draft.
The Colts, meanwhile, are left with only second-year pro Sam Ehlinger and third year player James Morgan on the roster at quarterback. The team doesn’t have a First Round Pick but does have plenty of Cap Space, estimated at more than $69 million. Getting a quarterback will be priority one this off-season.
The Colts’ offense still has top running back Jonathan Taylor, entering his third season, and receiver Michael Pittman, Jr., also in his third season, to lead the attack.
Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. He is a member of the FSWA. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast.