‘What the absolute hell’: NFL world stunned as star QB given last chance in $38m gamble

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‘What the absolute hell’: NFL world stunned as star QB given last chance in $38m gamble

The writing was on the wall for Carson Wentz’s tenure with the Indianapolis Colts, and now the quarterback will be playing in a new city.

Wentz has been traded to the Washington Commanders for a second- and third-rounder in the 2022 NFL Draft and a third-rounder in 2023 that can go up to a second-round pick if Wentz plays 70 percent of the snaps, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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ESPN reported around the Super Bowl that Wentz was likely done with the Colts after one season, and head coach Frank Reich and GM Chris Ballard were both noncommittal at the time as to whether the quarterback would return in 2022.

The Colts dropped their final two games of the season to fall to 9-8, including a season finale against Jacksonville in which they were double-digit favourites and would have made the playoffs had they won.

Because Wentz played 75 per cent of the Colts’ snaps this past season, the Colts owe the Eagles a first-round pick for the trade last off-season.

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The move to Washington also means Wentz will play one of his former teams twice this season.

The Commanders are in the NFC East division along with the team that Wentz spent five seasons with, the Philadelphia Eagles.

According to ESPN, Washington will pay the full $28 million ($A38m) due to Wentz this season.

He enjoyed a strong start to life at the Eagles before things quickly unravelled as injuries took hold and his form nosedived, earning a trade to the Colts in March last year.

The reaction surrounding Wentz’s latest move has been relatively negative, with many perplexed as to why the Commanders traded for him as opposed to other quarterbacks around the league.

With Wentz now off the roster, NFL Network reports the Colts are now expected to be among the teams pursuing the 49ers’ Jimmy Garoppolo.

The 49ers look likely to make Trey Lance their starting quarterback of the future from this season onwards, although Garoppolo remains with the franchise.

But should the Colts make a move for the former Patriots man, it would leave Lance free to take the role without major competition.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reposted with permission

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