Carson Wentz is reportedly heading back to the NFC East after only one season out of the division.
The Washington Commanders are trading for Wentz in a deal with the Indianapolis Colts, ESPN reported Wednesday. The Colts will receive the Commanders’ second-round draft pick (No. 42 overall) as well as Washington’s third-round draft picks in 2022 and 2023. The 2023 third-rounder can become a second-round selection if Wentz plays 70% of Washington’s snaps.
Washington will also receive Indianapolis’ second-round draft pick in 2022 (No. 47 overall). The Commanders are also expected to pay the full $28 million due to Wentz for the 2022 season, which includes a $5 million roster bonus coming next week, according to the report.
Wentz, the former No. 2 overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016, totaled 3,563 yards and 27 passing touchdowns in his only season in Indianapolis. He totaled 14 turnovers last season (seven interceptions, seven fumbles).
The six-year professional now heads to Washington in hopes of becoming the long-term starter for the Commanders. Washington had Taylor Heinecke as its starting quarterback in 2021, who posted a 7-8 record, and threw for 3,419 yards with 20 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions.
Washington owns the NFL’s worst total QBR since the 2018 season and its 71 touchdown passes in that span also rank 32nd in the league. During that span, Washington’s record was 24-41 over those four seasons.
Ron Rivera remains the Commanders head coach heading into the 2022 season and will hope to get Wentz back to his MVP-caliber form from 2017. Wentz will now get to face his old team the Eagles twice during the regular season, which is a chance to show up his former fans.
Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel are Washington’s top-two offensive weapons, as is running back Antonio Gibson.