After some really high highs and some really low lows with the Philadelphia Eagles, quarterback Carson Wentz now has a chance to rejuvenate his career on the Indianapolis Colts. Wentz is not only on a 2020 playoff team now, but the Colts also have a strong offensive line and some great running backs surrounding him.
However, while Wentz is in a great position, he may not have gotten out of his previous situation in Philadelphia had it not been for a recent conversation that the Colts reportedly had with former quarterback Andrew Luck.
The Philadelphia Eagles traded Carson Wentz to the Colts
Carson Wentz truly had an up-and-down tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Philadelphia selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft, and after a nice rookie season, Wentz became a star in 2017. The former North Dakota State quarterback threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 13 games that year, which helped him earn Pro Bowl honors.
However, Wentz ultimately got hurt that season, and the Eagles won the Super Bowl with Nick Foles.
Wentz then played well for the Eagles in 2018 and 2019, just not as well as he did in 2017. He threw for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 11 games in 2018 before recording 4,039 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 2019.
His 2020 campaign, though, was absolutely horrible. Wentz threw an NFL-leading 15 interceptions in 12 games, got sacked a league-leading 50 times, and ultimately got benched for Jalen Hurts.
Wentz’s benching seemed to have played somewhat of a role in him wanting the Eagles to trade him. Philadelphia then later granted his wish. The Eagles sent him to the Colts for a third-round pick and a conditional second-round pick.
He can potentially thank Andrew Luck for his trade to the Colts
Through his interviews and talks with the media so far, it appears that Carson Wentz is pretty thankful to be on the Colts. However, he can potentially thank former Colts quarterback Andrew Luck for possibly being a reason that he is out of Philly.
NBC Sports reporter Peter King recently appeared on the Dan Patrick Show, and he said that the Colts talked to Andrew Luck before trading for Wentz.
“They talked to him just to say, ‘Hey, what’s your story?’ Clearly, nothing has come out about what exactly was said, but I think he had to leave them with this impression that ‘I’m not playing football,’” King said on the April 21 episode.
Well, that’s interesting. It seems like the Colts will always leave the door for Luck to come back open.
Whether Luck ever plays football again or not, though, Wentz certainly has some big shoes to fill.
Carson Wentz must fill Andrew Luck’s big shoes on the Colts
Although injuries led to him shockingly retiring before the age of 30, Andrew Luck became a pretty successful quarterback with the Colts.
Luck earned three consecutive Pro Bowl selections in his first three seasons from 2012 through 2014. He even led the NFL in passing touchdowns in 2014 with 40.
This then led to the Colts having some pretty good teams with Luck during those years. Indy made the playoffs in each of his first three seasons and even went to the AFC Championship Game in 2014.
Luck then battled some injuries over the next few seasons, but after missing all of 2017, he came back and dominated again in 2018. The former No. 1 overall pick threw for 4,593 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions in 2018, which earned him Pro Bowl honors again.
Overall, in his career, Luck threw for 23,671 yards, 171 touchdowns, and 83 interceptions. He was also a four-time Pro Bowl selection and the 2018 AP Comeback Player of the Year.
Carson Wentz has a chance to have a lot of success with the Colts. If he can have just a portion of the success that Luck had, he can become a top NFL QB yet again.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference