After limited success in stints with the Eagles, Colts, and Commanders, Carson Wentz is determined to continue playing in the NFL, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network who witnessed the 30-year-old quarterback dining with his agents last weekend. Reports say that the veteran starter is open to performing in “various roles” that will help a team.
It was only a little over five years ago that Wentz was being lauded as a potential MVP candidate in his sophomore season with Philadelphia. After tearing his ACL in the game that clinch the NFC East title, Nick Foles delivered one of the greatest performances ever by a backup quarterback, leading the team to a Super Bowl LII victory, the franchise’s first. Wentz would continue on to start for the Eagles in future years when healthy, with Foles leaving to start for the Jaguars before getting injured and replaced himself. Wentz continued to deal with injuries here and there and, after getting his fifth-year option exercised, was eventually benched once more in favor of then-rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Wentz was traded then to the Colts in exchange for a first- and third-round pick. Despite foot surgery during training camp, Wentz was able to start every game of the season for Indianapolis. The team seemed destined to make the playoffs before losing in the final week of the season to the 2-14 Jaguars, marking the end of the Wentz-era in Indiana.
Wentz was then traded to the Commanders, along with a second- and seventh-round pick, in exchange for a second-round pick and two third-round picks (one of them conditional). In his first six games, Wentz went 2-4 as a starter before breaking the ring finger on his throwing hand, placing him on injured reserve. In his absence, once again, Wentz found himself replaced as the team rolled with Taylor Heinicke as their starting quarterback even when Wentz was ready to return. He would start (and lose) one more game for the Commanders, but his time with the team was over as they released him two weeks ago.
Now, in search of his fourth team in as many years, Wentz has been humbled, looking to accept any role moving forward. In a league that has seen plenty of success stories over the years from backup quarterbacks like Foles, Matt Cassel, and Brock Purdy, Wentz has a good chance to find a solid role with a team as a strong backup quarterback.
16 comments on “QB Carson Wentz Determined To Continue Playing”
Perfect backup QB for KC
To the Packers to backup Love.
I mean he’s only 30, he should have plenty of football left in him. Probably not as a starter though
Geno Smith would like a word about “probably not as a starter” though.
Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. He’s only had one good season. Still outweighs the sub par ones he’s had prior.
Quality wasn’t mention, just the comment about probably not being a starter.
Factually, he did rebound as a starter, received a 3 year, $75m contract (w/ $40m guaranteed) to continue starting.
Cardinals should be all over this.
Right now he would be the QB1 on the Vegas roster.
And it may not be a bad marriage for either of the two. If JG doesn’t sign with them, it may make sense.
According to Spotrac Jimmy G is valued at $35 million a year. I look for Josh to draft a QB to have the talent on the cheap and enforce his job security. He thought he struck gold with Tim Tebow, so probably Anthony Richardson. This would also bring some “Buzz” to Vegas.
They are clearly willing to ride with Jarrett Stidham as the starter while Richardson develops on the bench. Maybe bring in a Jacoby Brissett or Gardner Minshew as an insurance policy.
Would be interesting to see him as Goff’s back up. 1st & 2nd overall picks in the 2016 draft in the same quarterback room.
Nope .. Wentz now falls into the bridge-starter /Tank commander guy category.. He’s just not a high level backup , that’s who he keeps losing his job too (Foles , Heinicke ect) ..
Limited success. Ouch. That must hurt. I don’t agree though. He’s been a starter at the most valuable position in pro team sports.
I’d call that success.
Exactly. Was the favorite to win the MVP (until the injury occurred) the year they won the SB and they wouldn’t have been there if it wasn’t for him getting them where they were to begin with. “Limited” is a poor choice of wording. The guy has a ring and helped get there.
Do they have a minimum salary in the NFL?