Carson Wentz went from being a potential star on the Philadelphia Eagles to getting benched for a rookie quarterback in Jalen Hurts. This has led to some people wondering if the Eagles could trade Wentz this offseason. The Indianapolis Colts are one team many people have discussed as a potential trade partner with the Eagles, but former Colts punter Pat McAfee has not been too high on that idea. In fact, he actually slammed the thought of his former team acquiring the QB.
The Eagles have benched Carson Wentz for Jalen Hurts
The Philadelphia Eagles had a lot of hope for Carson Wentz. So much so that he was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft. Wentz has since had a nice career. After throwing for 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in his rookie season, Wentz had an incredible year in 2017. He earned a Pro Bowl selection that year, and threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 13 games.
Wentz got hurt that year, though, and the Eagles ended up winning the Super Bowl with Nick Foles. He still, however, continued to shine for the Eagles the next two years. He threw for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 11 games in 2018, and then 4,039 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 2019.
In 2020, though, he has been horrible. In 12 games, Wentz has thrown for 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns, and a league-leading 15 interceptions. This led to the Eagles benching him for the rookie, Jalen Hurts. In Hurts’ first start, he threw for 167 yards and one touchdown and ran for 106 yards. However, during his second start, Hurts threw for 338 yards and three touchdowns while running for 63 yards and one touchdown.
His play so far has potentially made him the favorite to become the Eagles’ quarterback of the future.
The Indianapolis Colts might need a quarterback this offseason
If the Eagles were to trade Wentz this offseason, they could potentially get a lot out of him. He is a former No. 2 overall pick and earned a Pro Bowl selection just a few years ago. One team being discussed by the media and fans has been the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts are about a year-and-a-half removed from Andrew Luck announcing his retirement, and it doesn’t appear that he is coming back. Philip Rivers has played well for the Colts this season, though. The Colts are 10-4 with Rivers so far, and he has thrown for 3,735 yards, 22 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
However, Rivers is 39 years old, and his contract with the Colts is only for this year. He is clearly not the Colts’ future at the QB position. This has led to people thinking that Indianapolis could try to trade for Wentz this offseason. Wentz agreed to a four-year, $128 million contract with the Eagles in 2019, according to Sporting News. He also had the best season of his career when Colts head coach Frank Reich was his offensive coordinator.
Pat McAfee slams the idea of the Colts adding Carson Wentz
Earlier this month, before Hurts got his first start, Pat McAfee discussed the possibility of the Indianapolis Colts acquiring Wentz this upcoming offseason. He wasn’t too happy about the idea, either.
“I’m not having it, don’t do it. People are doing it on the internet; we don’t need it,” McAfee said on the Dec. 11 episode of The Pat McAfee Show. “Nah, nah, nah, we don’t need Carson Wentz out here, OK? No, no. … We don’t need to be the team that just coddles you and puts you back together. We got a team over here. OK? We got a great defense; we got great special teams, we’re going to have to get somebody if he don’t re-sign T.Y. [Hilton], we got a good offense. We just need a quarterback that we know is good at football.”
He continued: “We don’t need to be bringing somebody in here that’s very, very pricey, even though we do have cap space, and being like, ‘Yeah, listen, we’ll bring you back to life, and then we’ll play you.’ We don’t need that. So, why is everybody putting Carson Wentz on the Colts? Because Frank Reich? I get it, Frank Reich and he had a lot of success together. Guess who also had great success with Frank Reich? Nick f******* Foles. Should Nick Foles be coming here, too? Should Nick Foles be coming here as well? Let’s go ahead and relax for a goddamn second before we put Carson Wentz in the goddamn horseshoe.”
McAfee also said that he would rather have Foles than Wentz on the Colts.
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Carson Wentz could be on a new team next season. McAfee would absolutely hate for him to come to the Colts, though.
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