Carson Wentz has had a nightmare of a season with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former Pro Bowler was one of the worst statistical quarterbacks in the NFL through 12 weeks before he was eventually benched for Jalen Hurts.
If the Eagles decide to stick with Hurts going forward, the franchise will have a difficult decision to make in regards to Wentz. But Wentz might’ve just made that decision a little easier. The QB will reportedly ask for a trade this offseason, and he even has a preferred destination in mind.
Carson Wentz’s future with the Eagles is uncertain
After the 2017 season, the Eagles were convinced Carson Wentz was their franchise quarterback of the future. Wentz led the Eagles to an 11-2 record in his 13 starts that season, and he led the NFL in QBR (77.2) along the way.
Philadelphia made the postseason in each of the next two seasons behind Wentz, and the Eagles signed him to a four-year contract extension worth $128 million in 2019. That contract doesn’t kick in until the 2021 season, but Wentz might not even be on the Eagles’ roster by then.
In a puzzling move, Philadelphia added Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL draft a year after inking Wentz to a long-term contract. The addition has clearly messed with Wentz’s confidence, as he struggled mightily under center all season.
In 12 starts this year, Wentz completed just 57.4% of his passes, and he threw an NFL-high 15 interceptions. The Eagles went 3-8-1 in those games. Head coach Doug Pederson finally saw enough in Week 13 and replaced Wentz with Hurts against the Green Bay Packers.
Hurts hasn’t given back the starting job since then, and now Wentz’s future in Philadelphia is very much in doubt.
Wentz wants to be traded to the Indianapolis Colts
In light of being benched for Jalen Hurts, Carson Wentz is reportedly asking for a trade. The QB will request a trade this offseason, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, and he would like to reunite with an old friend.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Sunday that Wentz will prefer to be traded to the Indianapolis Colts to team up with his old offensive coordinator, Frank Reich. If Philip Rivers retires after this season, the Colts will be in the market for a starting quarterback. Wentz would fill in perfectly.
Wentz can revitalize his career with Frank Reich
Carson Wentz looks like a broken quarterback this season, but maybe all he needs is a familiar face to rejuvenate his career. Wentz had an MVP-caliber season in 2017 with Frank Reich drawing up the Eagles offense. Reuniting with his old friend could do wonders to save his career.
The Colts also have a much stronger roster to surround Wentz with. Indianapolis has one of the sturdiest offensive line units in the NFL to protect him. Throw T.Y. Hilton, Michael Pittman, and Jonathan Taylor in the mix, and Wentz would have the pieces around him to bring his career back to life.
The next few months will make or break Wentz’s football career.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference