It was a roller coaster of a season for the Indianapolis Colts and now the franchise enters the offseason with questions that need answering. Rumors are swirling about Carson Wentz’s future with the organization, as he could be on the way out. Although Indianapolis nearly made the postseason, it looks like it could be a one-and-done year for Wentz.
He’ll likely be traded or released, but March 18th is the set date for the final decision. According to Spotrac, if the Colts release Carson Wentz before March 18th, they’ll receive $15 million in dead cap. Not an ideal situation, but luckily, if Indianapolis trades him, they’d be given no dead cap penalty.
RE: Carson Wentz & the #Colts
$15M of his 2022 salary is already fully guaranteed (w/ no offsets)
Another $7M of that salary + a $5M roster bonus fully guarantees on March 18th.
So before March 18th
Release: $15M Dead Cap/Cash
Trade: $0 Dead Cap
— Spotrac (@spotrac) February 13, 2022
For that reason, if Wentz leaves the Colts, it’ll likely be a trade. It’s unclear who would be interested in the veteran quarterback as he hasn’t lived up to expectations lately. However, there are going to be a plethora of teams searching for a quarterback and they may show interest in Carson Wentz.
With that said, here are three potential Carson Wentz trade destinations in the 2022 NFL offseason.
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Carson Wentz Trade Destinations
The New Orleans Saints are in a tricky cap situation, but as usual, the front office is bound to figure things out. With Sean Payton out of the equation, it’ll be interesting to see how they continue their path. Regardless, New Orleans needs a quarterback and they could be giving a call to the Colts in the offseason.
It’s not even clear if a trade for Wentz is financially possible for the Saints, but they should show interest. Even so, Wentz would be a nice quarterback to have to compete for a starting spot. If New Orleans calls to possibly trade for the veteran quarterback, the Colts should jump on the opportunity.
With Ben Roethlisberger retiring, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be searching for his replacement. Mason Rudolph and Dwayne Haskins are currently on the roster, but neither seems capable of being a starter. A trade with the Colts for Carson Wentz could be in line for Mike Tomlin and Pittsburgh.
Wentz would likely become the starting quarterback for the Steelers. Even if Pittsburgh drafted a rookie this offseason, it’d be smart to run with Carson Wentz while the rookie develops. Furthermore, the Steelers have proven to be a solid overall team without good quarterback play. For that reason, look for the Colts to potentially send Wentz to Pittsburgh.
Another team in the NFC South that could use a quarterback are the Carolina Panthers. After watching Sam Darnold and Cam Newton fail to provide consistency, Carolina should be searching for an improvement. Say what you want about Carson Wentz, but he’s a better quarterback than anyone in Carolina right now.
This might not be the upgrade the fan base is looking for, but having Wentz under center would help the team tremendously. Additionally, it would allow the Panthers to potentially select a rookie quarterback and not rush him onto the field before he’s ready. This would be a great deal for both, Carolina and the Colts.