Colts deal Carson Wentz to Washington
Every week and a half in the past, I wrote a piece about the place I believed all the quarterbacks whirling round within the rumor mill would play subsequent season. Solely three have completely come to fruition to this point. Rodgers didn’t go to Denver. He stayed in Inexperienced Bay. Wilson didn’t keep in Seattle. He went to Denver. Wentz, nevertheless, did the truth is, find yourself in Washington. I’ll get the whole lot else unsuitable, however at the least I obtained one thing. Even a damaged clock is true twice a day, huh?
What does this imply for Washington and Indianapolis although? Per experiences, they traded away their second and third-round picks this yr, in addition to a third-rounder subsequent yr, in change for Wentz and the Colts’ second-rounder this yr. Washington will even tackle the whole thing of Wentz’s $28 million cap hit. I obtained to say, this appears good for Indianapolis.
Indy doesn’t have a first-round choice this yr due to their deal for Wentz final season, however by dealing him away, at the least they have been in a position to commerce up within the second spherical. They’re now in a first-rate place to draft somebody like Skyy Moore with the forty second total choose. So long as they will discover a serviceable quarterback handy the ball off to Jonathan Taylor and toss brief little ins, hitches, drags, slants, and screens to Michael Pittman and whoever they get at 42. And… growth! The Colts are set!
They’ve extra cap house to work with, which might be used to re-sign guys like Eric Fisher and Mark Glowinski. They’d just about be coming into subsequent season with extra cap house, extra picks within the 2024 draft, and hopefully an improve at quarterback. For a group that was one win in opposition to Jacksonville away from reaching the postseason, you’ll be able to’t ask for a lot better. Who’s that quarterback they want to usher in? It seems prefer it’s going to be Jimmy Garoppolo — that’s, if the reports are to be believed. I nonetheless imagine Teddy Bridgewater can be a greater possibility for the Colts contemplating he’d be cheaper and wouldn’t price them any draft capital, however that’s simply my opinion. Whether or not they select Garoppolo, Bridgewater, or somebody out of left area like Jameis Winston, I like this commerce for the Colts.
The Commanders, alternatively, are a unique story. Whereas I imagine buying and selling for Wentz pushes the group nearer to a division title, they nonetheless aren’t competing for a Tremendous Bowl any time quickly. All this commerce does is make their passing assault barely extra formidable. They’ll nonetheless be a run-first offense that lives and dies by the success of Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic. They nonetheless have simply the third-best quarterback of their division (sure, I like Jalen Hurts extra). Whereas I can’t wait to see what McLaurin can do with an improve at quarterback, this commerce doesn’t actually do a lot for the group as a complete. Their Tremendous Bowl odds haven’t modified in any respect.
There simply isn’t a lot to love right here for those who’re a Commanders fan. You traded down within the second spherical. You improved at quarterback, however not in any means that may make a severe impression on the NFC East, and the man you spent years cheering in opposition to is now somebody you’re imagined to cheer for, solely now, his greatest days are effectively behind him. That’s quite a bit to absorb, and other than seeing what McLaurin can do, there aren’t many positives to remove.
Sure, the Colts could have their sixth completely different Week 1 starter in as a few years, however based mostly on all of the reports claiming that the Colts’ entrance workplace and a few gamers weren’t proud of Wentz, it was solely a matter of time earlier than he was traded away. Even when they downgrade at quarterback, the Colts obtained what they might for somebody they didn’t need, and that’s a win in my books.