The 3 Best Destinations for Carson Wentz if the Indianapolis Colts Decide to Trade Him

When the Indianapolis Colts first traded for quarterback Carson Wentz this past offseason, they expected big things. They wanted Wentz to elevate them to a consistent contender in the AFC for years to come.

Wentz had a solid year on paper (27 touchdowns, seven interceptions). However, he ultimately failed to deliver when the team needed him most. The Colts lost their final two games of the season, knocking them out of the AFC playoff picture altogether.

Since that moment, multiple people within the Colts organization have hinted at moving Wentz again this upcoming offseason. Owner Jim Irsay was furious about the season-ending loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, while general manager Chris Ballard remains noncommittal to Wentz moving forward.

With that in mind, three teams stick out as potential landing spots for Wentz.

Washington Football Team

The Washington Football Team are a super-interesting potential trade partner due to the fact they reportedly expressed interest in acquiring Wentz last offseason when he was still a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. Obviously, the Eagles weren’t going to deal him to a division rival. However, now is Washington’s chance to re-enter the conversation.

The Football Team have been operating without a proper franchise quarterback for quite some time now, and it shows when looking at their season-by-season success. They haven’t finished with a winning record since 2016.

Washington will be in the market for a new quarterback this offseason; that much is clear. The only question is whether the franchise wants a veteran or a rookie. If the Football Team decides to target a veteran, Wentz should be at the top of their list. They were rumored to be interested in him last year, and his big arm would play well alongside wide receiver Terry McLaurin.

New Orleans Saints

Colts QB Carson Wentz.
Carson Wentz | Icon Sportswire

Everyone knew life after Drew Brees would be challenging for the New Orleans Saints. However, no one expected it to go as poorly as it did this past season.

The Saints spent most of the year shuffling between backup quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Taysom Hill, with neither being good enough to lead New Orleans to the postseason.

The Saints might explore bringing back Jameis Winston for another season. However, he’s coming off an ACL injury, and his regular-season numbers before going down weren’t terribly inspiring (he only averaged 167.1 passing yards per game).

Acquiring Wentz would allow New Orleans to skip the need to develop a rookie QB while simultaneously keeping the contending window open for another year or two. The Saints won nine games with Siemian, Winston, and Hill under center — they could probably win 10-12 with Wentz instead.

Minnesota Vikings

This idea hinges on Kirk Cousins being traded this offseason, which could very well happen. If it does, Minnesota turning its attention to Wentz makes some semblance of sense on paper.

The Vikings would presumably prefer to land someone more notable — Russell Wilson, for example. However, if they miss out, Wentz would be a half-decent consolation prize.

It’s hard to tell if Wentz would be much of an upgrade compared to Cousins after they had similar seasons. However, he would provide a fresh face to the equation. The Vikings narrowly missed out on the postseason this year. Maybe all they need to win that one extra game is a new face under center.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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