The Indianapolis Colts potentially have a new franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz, but Wentz has a significant number of doubters heading into his new situation in Indy. This is for good reason, though, as he had a horrible 2020 season with the Philadelphia Eagles. However, many people also know that if Wentz can get back to the level that he played at in 2017, then he can become an NFL MVP candidate. The Colts can help make that happen, too, and they could do so by giving him an expensive gift in the form of one of the NFL’s best players. That gift would be Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams.
49ers left tackle Trent Williams will soon become a free agent
Trent Williams has become one of the best offensive linemen in the game.
After going to the Washington Football Team with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft, Williams earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2012. He then ultimately earned seven consecutive Pro Bowl selections with Washington.
However, Williams then had an issue with the way Washington handled a cancerous growth on his scalp, per ESPN. He also reportedly wanted a new contract, which all seemed to have led to him not playing in 2019 and requesting a trade.
Washington then traded Williams to the San Francisco 49ers last offseason. He continued to prove his talent in 2020, too, as he earned yet another Pro Bowl selection.
Now, Williams is expected to hit the free-agent market, as the 2020 season was the final year on his contract.
The Colts could sign Trent Williams to help quarterback Carson Wentz
The Colts are coming off an excellent season in 2020, as they have a roster filled with some of the best players in the NFL. They went 11-5 and barely lost in the wild-card round. However, they are dealing with two retirements — quarterback Philip Rivers and left tackle Anthony Castonzo.
The Colts already filled the void at quarterback by trading for Carson Wentz. Now, could they fill the left tackle position by signing Trent Williams? 49ers beat reporter Matt Barrows seems to think so.
“If I’m the 49ers, I’m most worried about the Colts,” he wrote in The Athletic. “They seem to have the combination of salary-cap space (currently fifth-most in the league) and realistic playoff aspirations of all the potential suitors. Williams also would line up next to All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson and, of course, the state taxes in Indiana aren’t nearly as high as they are in California.”
Signing Trent Williams would potentially be a pretty expensive move. Before Washington traded Williams to the 49ers, ESPN’s Rich Cimini reported that Williams was reportedly seeking $20 million per year. Additionally, Nick Wagoner of ESPN wrote that, to keep him, the 49ers would potentially have to pay him somewhere close to what Laremy Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley, and David Bakhtiari make. Those are the three highest-paid tackles in the NFL, as their average annual salaries range from $19.75 million to $23 million, per Spotrac.
If that’s not enough proof that Williams is in line to get paid this offseason, ESPN’s Mike Tannenbaum said that his average per year should be around $20 million, according to ESPN. Spotrac also has his calculated market value at $18.2 million per year.
So, would he be worth it?
Carson Wentz would enter the MVP conversation with the Colts
Yes, he would cost a lot of money, especially with there being less of it to spend this offseason due to COVID-19. But signing Trent Williams would be a huge move for the Colts. Indianapolis already has one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, led by All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson. Adding one of the best players in the league in Williams would make the Colts’ offensive line absolutely elite.
The move would immediately put Carson Wentz into the MVP conversation, too. In 2017, Wentz was sacked a career-low 28 times, and he threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 13 games. He also earned Pro Bowl honors and went 11-2 in those starts.
For the Eagles last year, Wentz was sacked an NFL-leading 50 times in only 12 games. This led to him throwing a league-leading 15 interceptions.
Carson Wentz is already in a better position with the Colts than he was with the Eagles. Indianapolis is a well-run organization and just made the playoffs last year. Their team also has a great offensive line, a great running back, and a top 10 defense. Adding Trent Williams would put Wentz right into the MVP conversation.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference