Wentz to the Colts


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Wentz will be joining the Colts for the 2021 season after five years with the Eagles.

Caleb Hiatt, Sports Editor

Carson Wentz was drafted out of FCS football powerhouse North Dakota State University by the Philadelphia Eagles who he helped to several winning seasons, one of which he led his team to an 11-2 record before tearing his ACL. But after a rough four-win season this past year, the Eagles have decided to trade Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts. 

Many blame the team’s failure to perform on Wentz, but others say that the reason Wentz performed poorly was due to problems with the offensive line. Regardless of who takes blame for the team’s lack of success, the organization has decided to proceed with former second-round pick Jalen Hurts as the starter instead of Wentz. This does not come as a surprise to many because, as Colin Cowherd said on The Herd, teams do not draft backup quarterbacks in the second round; second-round quarterbacks are starters.

After Philip Rivers announced his retirement, the Colts were in need of a quarterback and thankfully for them, the Eagles were willing to supply. This all worked out in Wentz’s favor as the midwestern Indianapolis environment will be much more familiar to him than that of Philadelphia considering he grew up in North Dakota and attended NDSU. In addition to this more favorable environment, Wentz will also be met with a more well-rounded roster in Indianapolis. The Colts have a far better offensive line ranking at number seven in the league this past season while the Eagles were further down the list at number 19, according to Ben Linsey of pff.com. This will provide Wentz with more time in the pocket which the Colts hope will result in fewer poor passing decisions on his behalf. According to a Sprotsnaut article by Matt Johnson, Wentz’s new squad also has a top 10 defense, one that gave up nearly 500 fewer yards and seven fewer touchdowns than his Eagles team (who were not even ranked in the top 20 defenses) in the 2020 season. 

This trade seems like exactly what Wentz needed, with a more pleasing environment and a roster that solves a majority of his former team’s problems. Wentz will look to return to the years of stardom that he experienced in college and for a few years in Philadelphia.