Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz is hoping that a second change of scenery will resurrect his reputation and provide him a chance to prove himself in the NFL. While there might be excitement in Washington, it seems evident he burned bridges with two NFL teams.
A year after the Colts traded a first-round pick to reunite Wentz with coach Frank Reich, at a point where the Philadelphia Eagles desperately wanted to move on from their franchise quarterback, history repeats itself in the NFL offseason.
Washington, in dire need of an upgrade over Taylor Heinicke, traded the 42nd and 73rd overall picks along with a conditional 2023 third-round pick for Wentz, the 47th and 240th selections. In spite of the capital Indianapolis sacrificed to acquire him an offseason prior, it happily accepted the deal.
It became evident early in the 2022 offseason that the Colts badly wanted to move off their starting quarterback. At a moment when there were seemingly no buyers and an outright release seemed possible, Washington stepped up with an offer many NFL executives view as a massive overpay.
- Carson Wentz stats: 3,563 passing yards, 27-7 TD-INT ratio, 94.6 QB rating, 9-8 record
The Commanders’ organization has plenty of optimism that Wentz will uplift the offense, creating bigger players and providing more stability. While the reports out of Washington are positive now, it only took a few months before the Colts realized they made a grave mistake.
On the Yahoo Sports’ You Pod to Win the Game NFL podcast, reporter Charles Robinson shared that there continue to be reports out of Indianapolis regarding just how discontent they became with Wentz.
As of now, that’s not the sentiment Commanders’ coaches or executives are feeling. However, there are at least reasons to believe that might change at some point during the 2022 NFL season.
Issues the Washington Commanders may face with Carson Wentz
Once viewed as the face of the Eagles’ franchise, Philadelphia soured on Wentz not long after signing him to a lucrative contract extension. He increasingly became difficult to coach as time went on, tuning out the Eagles’ coaching staff and rejecting any additional criticism regarding his in-game mistakes.
There were also issues in the locker room. Anonymous teammates indicated after the 2020 season that Wentz was a selfish quarterback and played favorites. Reports also indicated that he at times wouldn’t take accountability for bad decisions he made and resisted efforts to fix issues only to revert back to the same problems that hurt the offense.
Indianapolis believed a change of scenery and being reunited with Reich, a coach he liked, would change things. Instead, he caused frustration before the season even began as a leader of the team who refused to get the COVID-19 vaccination and it proved costly. However, the issues went deeper.
According to Robinson, the very same issues the Eagles’ coaching staff experienced in their final years with Wentz happened to Reich and his coaching staff in Indianapolis this past season.
It all explains why the Colts were desperate to dump Wentz’s contract and his presence in the organization this offseason. Fortunately for the club, Washington stepped up with an offer no other NFL team was willing to make.
- Carson Wentz contract: $28.294 million cap hit in 2022
There’s no denying Wentz has the physical talent to be an above-average quarterback, a player capable of utilizing the talent around him and leading the Commanders to the playoffs. However, the 29-year-old’s personality and attitude towards being coached might prove to be another issue for Washington.