WASHINGTON, D.C.- A former first round signal-caller is heading back to the NFC East.
The Indianapolis Colts have traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders after one season with the team.
The Commanders are taking Wentz’s full contract from Indianapolis. Washington will pay Wentz the full $28 million he was due this year.
In his one year with the Colts, Wentz played in every game and threw for 3,563 yards, 27 touchdowns, against 7 interceptions. Wentz was not bad on the field for the Colts, but they have decided to go in another direction.
Wentz was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016. He played with the Eagles from 2016 until 2020 when Jalen Hurts took over. When the Eagles won the Super Bowl, Wentz had been injured late in the regular season and wasn't able to play in the playoffs that year.
Washington has had a rough go with quarterbacks recently since former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin was supposed to lead the team to another ring. The then Redskins, then Football Team, now Commanders have had 14 different quarterbacks start at least one game since 2012. Not having a quarterback has really hurt the franchise because they’ve got a decent team.
The Commanders have built an incredible front 7 including adding 4 first round picks on the defensive line with Chase Young, Daron Payne, Montez Sweat, and Jonathan Allen. Offensively, wide receiver Terry McLaurin and running back Antonio Gibson add some kick to the other side of the ball. All they need is a quality quarterback and are hoping Wentz is the guy.
Even though Washington changed their name, they still get to play the Dallas Cowboys twice each year. The Cowboys and the rest of the NFC East is pretty familiar with Wentz from his time with the Philadelphia Eagles.