Former NFL WR Torrey Smith Says Carson Wentz to the Commanders Is a ‘Better Trade’ Than Matt Ryan to the Colts

The NFL experienced quite the quarterback carousel this offseason. Between Tom Brady returning to Tampa Bay, Russell Wilson being traded to the Denver Broncos, and Deshaun Watson signing a record-breaking extension with the Cleveland Browns, it was hard to even keep up with all the transactions.

The Washington Commanders — who desperately needed a new QB this offseason — didn’t shy away from jumping into the fray either. They sent over a package of draft picks to the Indianapolis Colts for Carson Wentz, picks that Indy then used to acquire Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan.

Fans were quick to criticize the Carson Wentz trade

After the Matt Ryan trade details were announced (he was only dealt away for one third-round pick), most fans were quick to pounce on the Commanders for “overpaying” for Wentz. The former Philadelphia Eagles and Colts starter was coming off a strong 2021 season (27 touchdowns, 7 interceptions). However, he struggled greatly down the stretch during back-to-back must-win games with the Colts.

Indianapolis needed to beat either the Las Vegas Raiders or the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 17 and 18. Unfortunately for the Colts, they lost both, eliminating them from an AFC Wild Card spot.

The Colts internally blamed Wentz for their end-of-season collapse. However, the Commanders clearly viewed the situation differently. They believe Wentz can still be the franchise quarterback that he was in 2017, 2018, and 2019 (with the Eagles).

Former NFL WR says Carson Wentz was a better acquisition than Matt Ryan

Since the Colts essentially traded Wentz to replace him with Ryan, the two quarterbacks will be intensely compared throughout the 2022 NFL season.

The Colts want to see Ryan outperform Wentz to justify their brisk trade, while the Commanders want to see Wentz smoke Ryan’s production to justify their “overpay.”

According to former NFL wide receiver Torrey Smith, the Commanders are the ones who should be feeling better about their offseason quarterback addition. Smith called the Wentz deal a “better trade” than Ryan to Indy, urging Commanders fans to “stop complaining.”

It’s worth pointing out that Smith played with Wentz during his near-MVP season in 2017. However, it’s also worth pointing out that Ryan is a full seven years older than Wentz. It’s not like Ryan is a guy with tons of untapped potential trapped inside him. What he’s been in Atlanta recently is what the Colts will get.

The Colts need to win now; the Commanders have time to build

Commanders QB Carson Wentz.
Carson Wentz | Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Ultimately speaking, it will take time to figure out which team got the better deal this offseason.

The Commanders aren’t worried about contending for a Super Bowl over the next few years. They’re still in the process of rebuilding. That’s why they prioritized adding a younger QB like Wentz.

On the other hand, the Colts are desperately trying to establish themselves as Super Bowl contenders. They’ve spent the past few years hyping up their roster as one of the best in the NFL with nothing to show for it. They need Ryan to take them on a deep playoff run this year. Otherwise, it’s just another failed QB addition you can add to the list during Chris Ballard’s regime as general manager.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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