Get ready to see Carson Wentz twice a year for the foreseeable future. The Washington Commanders completed a trade for the 29-year-old quarterback on Wednesday as he looks to resurrect his career for a second time.
Following reports of the Colts being tired of Wentz’s act, the one-time face of the Eagles’ franchise is on the move again and lands in the NFC East. He has now been traded in consecutive offseasons after failing to pan out in Indianapolis.
Wentz’s statistics looked good on paper last season: 3,563 passing yards, with 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. His completion percentage was 62.4% and he started all 17 regular-season games. But Wentz was vilified for poor leadership and bone-headed plays, highlighted by an epic meltdown against Jacksonville that cost Indy a playoff spot.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Indianapolis will receive two third-round picks in exchange for Wentz. Washington will be on the hook for the entirety of Wentz’s contract, per ESPN’s Field Yates, which is valued at $63 million over the next three seasons. It looks like a terrible trade for Washington from all angles.
The Commanders had tried to make a move for Russell Wilson but he wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause. Ditto for the Eagles. Now Washington will turn the QB1 keys over to Wentz, the ultimate consolation prize. He’ll face the Eagles twice in 2022 while traveling back to Indianapolis for a road game.
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Eagles Twitter Roasts Washington After Wentz Trade
There is no love lost for Wentz in Philly, not after the way he forced a trade out of town in 2021. He couldn’t handle the pressure in a big market. And he felt disrespected when the team drafted Jalen Hurts. Wait a minute, doesn’t that sound like another diva player who was recently granted his request for a change of scenery?
Needless to say, Eagles fans took to Twitter to poke fun at Wentz and Washington immediately after the trade was announced. Look for Wentz’s homecoming — much like Ben Simmons’ return — to put the national spotlight on Philly. Ticket prices should soar through the roof whenever the date and time are released for the Eagles-Commanders game. Circle the calendar.
Bally Sports’ Annie Agar thinks the Eagles will be racking up the interceptions when they play the Commanders. Meanwhile, Brenden Deeg of the National Football Post said “life is hilarious” while pointing out there will be two Carson Wentz vs. Jalen Hurts matchups in 2022.
The Inquirer’s Mike Sielski referenced Wentz as a player “whose personality and character” can never be fixed. And The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman said having Simmons and Wentz as divisional rivals is “the moment Philly fans have been training for all these years.”
SportsRadio 94WIP’s Joe Giglio asked which NFC East quarterback situation was worse, the Commanders or Giants? Meanwhile, ESPN Stats & Info pulled out a deep stat showing Wentz’s overall record versus the NFC East was 16-9 since 2016.
Wentz Voiced Displeasure with Eagles’ Success
The Wentz trade happened on the same day (March 9) that an article from The Inquirer’s Jeff McLane was making the rounds about Wentz crying sour grapes back in 2017. The gist? He was jealous of Nick Foles and the gang for winning.
Wentz had “voiced his displeasure over the Eagles’ success to a group of other injured players,” per McLane, and one of the players confronted the one-time franchise quarterback. The two men had to be physically restrained in an incident that occurred before the NFC Championship Game. Yikes. Guess old grudges don’t die.