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NFL Executive Reveals How Badly Colts Wanted to Trade QB Carson Wentz

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The Indianapolis Colts made it pretty clear early in the offseason that they weren’t interested in bringing back quarterback Carson Wentz for a second season. But new details have surfaced about how badly the Colts wanted to leave the Wentz era.

In his annual Quarterback Tiers feature, senior writer Mike Sando writes of the athlete reported that an NFL executive told him how badly the Colts wanted a quarterback other than Wentz behind center in 2022.

“They told us they would prefer it everyone about him,” asks one of the executives The Athletics Quarterback Tiers said Sando. “The only reason I’m so strong against him is my rating when I see him play.

“But adding information about what the team is with him on an intimate level on a daily basis, going from Wentz to none, zero, tells me that my assessment of him from afar is consistent with the internal assessment. “

The Colts traded Wentz to the Washington Commanders for a 2022 third-round pick and a conditional 2023 third-round pick. The deal also included the teams trading second-round picks, allowing Indianapolis to move up five spots on day two of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Indianapolis gave up a first-round pick for Wentz just a year ago, but if what that manager Sando said is true, the Colts may have been very lucky to get what they did for the earlier first-round pick.

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Indianapolis’ actions this offseason appear to support the report that the Colts favored every quarterback over Wentz.

The Colts traded Wentz to the Commanders with no plan for the quarterback. Luckily for general manager Chris Ballard, Matt Ryan became available and chose Indianapolis as his landing spot. But if that never happened, the Colts could have gotten a far less accomplished quarterback in Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. They might even have pulled in a signal caller in the second round.

Even after things worked out for the Colts in the Ryan trade, Colts owner Jim Irsay may have revealed a little too much about the franchise’s disdain for Wentz heading into the offseason.

“I think the worst thing you can do is make a mistake and try to move on with it,” Irsay said on March 29 via Colts insider Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. “For us it was something we had to move away from as a franchise. It was very obvious.”

Wentz will be on his third team in as many seasons this fall. He was once an MVP nominee and finished third in voting for the award in his sophomore season.

But that was five years ago. Wentz led the NFL with 15 interceptions despite making just 12 starts in 2020. Last year he finished with 3,563 passing yards, 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions, but he was inconsistent. The Colts started 0-3 and then lost their final two games to end the season.

A quarterback coach told Sando that Wentz should be thankful that he’s getting a third chance with another team.

“He has to pray to the football gods and say ‘thank you again’ because not many people get that many opportunities to prove themselves,” said the coach. “I’m about to pull the trigger on him as a 5 [tier quarterback] after the Jacksonville game and that end zone interception against the Titans in a huge game. You can’t make those decisions.”

The anonymous executive added that Wentz’s draft position could be what keeps him in the league.

“If Carson Wentz wasn’t a first-round pick, would he be in the league now?”

The Colts report comes first everyone over Wentz was only to add to the intrigue when the Commanders visited Indianapolis on October 30th.

“He has to pray to the football gods and say ‘thank you again’ because not many people get that many opportunities to prove themselves,” said the coach. “I’m about to pull the trigger on him as a 5 [tier quarterback] after the Jacksonville game and that end zone interception against the Titans in a huge game. You can’t make those decisions.”

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