Indianapolis Colts Trade Carson Wentz: Report

By Jason Hall

March 9, 2022

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The Indianapolis Colts have reportedly traded quarterback Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders in exchange for multiple draft picks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

"Colts are trading QB Carson Wentz to Washington for a package of [picks] that is thought to include two third-round picks, sources tell ESPN," Schefter tweeted.

Schefter later specified the Colts would receive a 2022 third-round pick; a 2023 third-round pick that could become a second-round pick if Wentz plays 70% of the Commanders' plays and a 2022 second-round pick, while Washington will also receive a 2022 second-round pick along with Wentz.

Washington is reportedly taking on the remaining $28 million due -- including a $5 million roster bonus due next week -- on Wentz's current $128 million contract, which was initially signed while with the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded the former No. 2 overall pick to the Colts last offseason, sources confirmed to Schefter.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Washington "called on" every quarterback reported to be available before ending up with Wentz.

"They weren't going to wait on Jimmy G[aroppolo], didn't land Russell Wilson. Now end up with Carson," Rapoport tweeted.

The Colts acquired Wentz from the Eagles in exchange for a a 2021 third-round pick -- which was used in a package to trade up for wide receiver Devonta Smith -- and a conditional 2022 second-round pick that became a first-round pick.

Wentz was selected by the Eagles at No. 2 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft and found quick success, earning a Pro Bowl appearance during his second season, which resulted in the franchise's only Super Bowl victory.

However, Wentz was injured late in the 2017 season and backup Nick Foles took over in his absence, leading Philadelphia to its historic playoff run.

The Eagles opted to keep Wentz instead of Foles the following offseason, due in large part to their investment into the former No. 2 overall pick as their franchise quarterback, and later signed Wentz to a four-year, $128 million extension in 2019.

But the former North Dakota State standout struggled in fifth NFL season, which led to rookie backup Jalen Hurts taking over as the Eagles' starter in the team's final four games, before being traded to Indianapolis the following offseason.

Wentz threw for 3,563 yards, 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions, while finishing with a 9-8 record as a starter, during his lone season with the Colts.

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