KC Medico, Staff
Welp it’s official, what was once the pride of joy of Philadelphia, turned Colt, then turned Commander has been released from the Washington Commanders. This move by the Commanders gives the team over $26 million in free cap space to make other moves. For Wentz, he will now be looking for his fourth team in four years.
Wentz came into Philadelphia as the number two overall pick in the 2016 draft. He showed potential his first year throwing close to 4,000 passing yards. It was his second year that made him infamous with football fans. He threw 33 touchdowns, a little over 3,000 passing yards, a QB rating of 101.9, and was a clear front runner for MVP. Getting an ACL injury against the Rams in week 14 of the season ultimately took him out of the MVP race and sidelined him for the rest of the year. Wentz watched backup Nick Foles lead the team to a Super Bowl and start the next season for a few games until he was fully healthy to come back.
It was clear Wentz was pushing his limits with his leg but however put up a decent stat line throughout 11 games scoring 21 touchdowns. His season came to an end as he hurt his back and yet again backup Nick Foles took the Eagles to the NFC Divisional round falling short against the Saints.
The next season there was no more Foles and all eyes were on Wentz to see if he could lead his team. He was finally able to put together a full season and especially shined in the last four weeks of the season putting the Eagles in a position to host the Seahawks at home in the Wild Card. First snap for Wentz ended in him getting hit and sidelined with a concussion.
The next season was a mystery for what could happen as the team drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round of the draft.
The turning point in Carson Wentz’s career was in Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers. The Eagles were 3-8-1 coming into this game and Wentz did not play well. He only completed 6 of his 15 throws and was substituted out of the game for Hurts in the 2nd quarter.
Wentz after not playing another snap all season was traded to the Colts to reunite with former Eagles offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Wentz had an ok season with the Colts with 27 touchdowns and throwing 3,563 yards. What sticks out however is the final game of the season versus the Jaguars where the Colts lost 26-11 and put the Colts out of making the playoffs. The Jaguars at the time only had 3 wins and it seemed like a lock for the Colts to win. Wentz struggled only throwing 1 touchdown and completing just barely over half his attempted throws.
Wentz was traded yet again in the off-season to the Washington Commanders and all the problems that were put on him through his time in the NFL were on full display. Wentz only played 8 games throwing 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. He dealt with injuries and was ultimately benched for Taylor Heinicke.
Wentz, now a free agent, surfaces a lot of questions. Will he start again? Will he return to his old self? Are injuries still going to plague his career? This is only the tip of the iceberg as well. There are still tons of concerns about his personality and locker room habits. Zak Keefer, a reporter for The Athletic, reported that many felt in the Colts organization he lacked leadership qualities and resisted hard coaching. There were also reports that in 2017 an undisclosed Eagles player tried to fight Wentz because of a comment Wentz made about Nick Foles and the success of the team without him.
All in all, it seems Wentz’s course is to sign with a team where he can try and compete for a starting spot but we will have to wait and see. With many quarterback storylines this free agency, this is one to watch closely.