Carson Wentz Traded to Washington Commanders

by Keith Lott

First, they unveiled their new team name, logo and uniforms and now the Washington Commanders have their quarterback. The Indianapolis Colts have traded Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders, just one year after being traded by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Washington is paying all of Wentz's $28 mil this year and will send Indianapolis draft picks in exchange for the QB. Carson is under contract through the 2024 NFL season.

What do the Colts have up their sleeve to solve their quarterback situation? Aaron Rodgers has returned to the Green Bay Packers and Russell Wilson was just traded to the Denver Broncos.

Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater and Marcus Mariota are the top free agents while Jimmy Garoppolo and Jordan Love are available via trade.

Wentz looked better in Indy than in his final year with Philly. Which version of "Commander Carson" will lead Washington's offense?

Carson Wentz Traded to Washington Commanders

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Wentz’s Year With the Colts

Carson Wentz hit nearly all of his career averages in his lone season in Indy, which was a huge improvement over his final year with the Eagles. However, most importantly, he saw an increase in touchdown rate with a decline in interception rate. His 5.2% TD rate was something he had only done twice in his five years in Philadelphia. His 1.4% INT rate was the second-best of his career.

Wentz was not asked to do much, leading an offense that relied heavily on running back Jonathan Taylor. He averaged just 30 pass attempts per game, a career-low. But despite that, he managed 11.1 yards per completion, good for 14th in the NFL, the same as Patrick Mahomes and ahead of Tom Brady, Dak Prescott, Mac Jones and Josh Allen.

Wentz's 2022 Fantasy Football Impact

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Wentz played well last year behind a bad pass-blocking offensive line. He now joins a team with what PFF says its offensive line should have been "far better" than it was.

His top target, Terry McLaurin, is a slight upgrade over Michael Pittman Jr., but if Washington can get a healthy Curtis Samuel back on the field, he is a huge upgrade for Wentz over Zach Pascal.

Another huge piece returning from injury is tight end Logan Thomas. Wentz has always favored his tight ends and Washington's offense features the position as well.

We also have seen Wentz target his running backs out of the backfield and the Commanders have a playmaker on their depth chart in Antonio Gibson and should look to bring back J.D. McKissic as well.

I think what we saw last year in Indy is more of what we will see out of Wentz in Washington. He will be a weekly streaming option that will have some big weeks and some duds. He does however make me feel better about the entire Commanders offense as a whole over Taylor Heinicke.

What Now in Indy

I do not believe the Colts make this trade without any idea of what their next move is, despite the fact that they just cleared all of that salary cap space. This team is built to win the AFC South division and needs a veteran quarterback.

Indianapolis now has the most cap space in the NFL - $70 mil!

They should give San Francisco whatever it is they are asking for to acquire Jimmy G. Jordan Love is too risky of a trade, in my opinion, and this rookie QB draft class doesn't have the answer.

Jonathan Taylor's draft stock doesn't change thanks to the offensive line and Michael Pittman should see plenty of targets in 2022. I like both players if a veteran is under center.

Conclusion

I think Washington made a smart move here trading for Carson Wentz before the rest of the QB carousel started spinning. This team was always just a quarterback away from being competitive in a winnable NFC East division.

The biggest issue I have with them is that their defense, which is supposed to be their lifeline, looked terrible last year and Chase Young got injured. If he can return healthy and they can figure out their third-down defense, the Commanders stand to be a much-improved team in 2022.


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