The Philadelphia Eagles are looking to make a run at the Super Bowl. Prior to this season, they didn’t have any chance of making it through their first game without Carson Wentz. This is what Ron Rivera told ESPN about going for an unconventional strategy with his backup quarterback Nick Foles: “I’m not afraid to take that risk.”
The “ron rivera” is a quarterback that has been playing for the Carolina Panthers. The team signed Carson Wentz before the season started, but he was injured in week 1. Rivera has decided to take a gamble on him and start him as the starter.
This offseason, Carson Wentz needs to find a new home. That fact cannot be avoided. While it would make sense for the Indianapolis Colts to try to repair their relationship with him and bring him back for the 2022 NFL season, the harm has already been done.
Chris Ballard, the Colts’ general manager, has spent the whole summer slamming Wentz and blaming him for the team’s shortcomings last season. At this point, a trade or release (most likely a release) seems inescapable.
Carson Wentz has previously been discussed by the Washington Commanders.
While they know they need a quarterback and hope to draft one this year, Mayhew tells reporters that they are aware of who will be in next year’s class.
He said, “We’re trying to fix that this year.”
— John Keim (@john_keim) March 2, 2022
This offseason, Wentz’s value might be at an all-time low. The good news for the No. 2 overall selection in 2016 is that numerous clubs are looking for a new starting quarterback this summer. In the NFL, good quarterback performance is always in demand, and Wentz’s top-10 quarterback rating this past season will pique the curiosity of a lot of front offices.
The Washington Commanders are at the top of the list. Not only has head coach Ron Rivera openly announced his club’s need for a new quarterback, but they’ve also apparently phoned every NFL team in search of a quarterback.
This indicates that Washington has contacted Indianapolis about Wentz, implying that the Washington front management has already discussed the potential of Wentz being the team’s starting quarterback in 2022. (and possibly beyond).
Ron Rivera should be willing to take a chance.
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Wentz is without a doubt one of the NFL’s most unreliable quarterbacks right now. He has some very outstanding characteristics that allow him to launch the rare miraculous throw. These are usually countered by the occasional brainless fumble or interception.
That being said, Wentz has a lot of potential, and Washington isn’t in a position to be choosy.
This summer, Ron Rivera would likely want to get one of the prominent veteran quarterbacks (Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Deshaun Watson). The chances of one of these superstars accepting to play for the Commanders, on the other hand, are small. Wilson has previously said that he does not want to play football on the east coast.
Wentz, on the other hand, will be lot more accessible. The Colts are expected to release him next week, allowing Washington to acquire him without having to give up draft money in a trade. Wentz was once thought to be the finest quarterback in the NFC East. There’s a strong case to be made that he still is, putting the Commanders in a strong position in 2022.
Washington should pique Carson Wentz’s attention as well.
“I don’t have the exact answer for you,” Colts GM Chris Ballard said of Carson Wentz’s future with the team. We’re working on it… We’ll do what’s best for the Colts in the end.”
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 1, 2022
If Wentz is released, he’ll have to agree to sign a free agent contract with Washington. However, it’s difficult to conceive a situation in which he wouldn’t be interested.
Wentz has had a lot of success in the NFC East, and Washington can provide him with a far better arsenal of weapons. Terry McLaurin would be the finest wide receiver Wentz has ever thrown to.
There’s also the additional benefit of facing Philadelphia twice a year, giving Wentz a chance to avenge himself after being replaced in 2020.
For all clubs this offseason, acquiring Wentz is a risk. However, it’s a risk that Washington and Ron Rivera should be prepared to accept. The Commanders might sneak into the playoffs if Wentz can repeat his 2021 season.
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