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One day after the Washington Commanders officially swung and missed on bringing Russell Wilson to D.C. when news broke that Wilson will be playing for the Denver Broncos next season, the Commanders reportedly found their new quarterback: Carson Wentz. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday that the Commanders will receive Wentz and a 2022 second-round pick from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a 2022 second-round pick, a 2022 third-round pick, and 2023 third-round pick that can become a second-round pick if Wentz plays 70 percent of the team’s plays. The Post reports that the deal cannot be made official until the start of the new league year on March 16.
The reaction online has been less than enthusiastic about a quarterback that had mixed results in 2021. Wentz, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2016, played five seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles before being traded to the Colts last March. The 29-year-old started all 17 games for the Colts last season, where he threw for 27 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and 3,563 yards. The Colts opened the season with three straight losses and had chances to clinch a playoff berth in Weeks 17 and 18, but Wentz struggled in both of those games. Indianapolis finished 9-8 and missed the playoffs.
“‘Washington Commanders QB Carson Wentz’ has drastically worse vibes than ‘Washington Football Team QB Taylor Heinicke,'” tweeted The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman.
Hogs Haven, the SB Nation website that covers the Commanders, was even more direct, tweeting in all caps, “ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME.”
Washington has been looking all offseason for an upgrade to Heinicke, the starting quarterback for Washington last season, and now appear to have turned to Wentz to be that person. Heinicke played in 16 games last season for the Commanders and threw for 20 touchdowns, 15 interceptions, and 3,419 yards. Washington finished third in the NFC East with a 7-10 record and missed the playoffs.
If Wentz starts next season, he will be the 11th quarterback to start a game for Washington since 2018, according to the Post’s Nicki Jhabvala.
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