A couple of QBs have been on the move early in the NFL offseason via trades.
The first was Russell Wilson getting traded to the Broncos for a hefty package, and the second was Carson Wentz, who was traded from the Colts to the Washington Commanders.
The reported package was for a couple of third-round draft picks, but new details on everything it took are coming out now via ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Colts get two third-round picks from the 2022 draft, with one that could turn into a second-round pick if Wentz plays 70% of the plays and a 2022 second-round pick while the Commanders get Wentz and a 2022 second-round pick.
According to The Athletic, the Colts hated Wentz for these various reasons.
As for the Colts, the issues with Wentz stretched back to before the season began, one source said, and over the course of the year, some grew frustrated at what they deemed a lack of leadership, a resistance to hard coaching and a reckless style of play, which had a role in several close losses this year.
But this wasn’t just a football move. Wentz’s play, inconsistent as it was to close the year, wasn’t the deciding factor. Colts’ brass simply didn’t trust him to be the franchise quarterback moving forward, and they weren’t willing to bring him back in 2022 and hope for better. Thus, the decision was made swiftly after the Week 18 debacle in Jacksonville: Wentz wouldn’t return for a second season in Indianapolis.
What was missing, some within the team believe, was the type of direction the Colts got from the quarterback position in recent years, namely with Andrew Luck, Philip Rivers and even Jacoby Brissett, who despite struggling late in the 2019 season remained a deeply respected voice within the locker room.
Washington will also pay Wentz’s entire $28 million salary.
Maybe the 3rd team is the charm for Wentz.
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