Carson Wentz will be on the move, but don’t expect that team to be Washington
Few teams are as big of a question mark entering the 2021 offseason than the Washington Football Team. Ron Rivera’s squad finished with a putrid 7-9 record, but will nonetheless be hanging an NFC East Division Champions banner in the rafter.
So despite the losing season, Washington is coming off a trip to the playoffs — which is only the start of the chaotic confusion regarding its future.
In addition to a full-time team name, Washington will be looking for a full-time quarterback this offseason as well. Four different players started in 2020, including a near-flawless performance from Taylor Heinicke in the Super Wild Card Round against Tampa Bay. Sure, he played great, but was that due to him or limited tape?
Ron Rivera will be “aggressive” this offseason is adding a quarterback, but not as aggressive as to throw away top picks for a name on the market.
But of all the seemingly endless ways Washington’s quarterback journey can end, the only way it won’t is with Carson Wentz under center.
Wentz, who is expected to be traded for a “Matthew Stafford”-type deal from the Philadelphia Eagles, has been hearing calls over the past week. According to NBC Sports JP Finlay, the Football Team is not one of the clubs making the call.
Carson Wentz Rumors: Washington is not a realistic option
Washington reportedly was in the deal for Stafford, who eventually was traded over to the Los Angeles Rams. With new general manager Martin Mayhew in the building, it would make sense for a reunion after their early success together in Detroit.
Stafford was eventually traded for two future first-round picks, a third-round pick and Jared Goff to the Lions. Coincidentally enough, reports are fluttering around that Rivera also called to inquire about Goff’s services this offseason as well.
Washington currently holds the 19th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. The only way they trade that pick away for a quarterback would be if they were to move up, or package a deal to land Houston Texans superstar Deshaun Watson. Then again, Watson’s asking price is well off the market of anything anyone has seen.
The numbers for Wentz are concerning after posting a completion percentage of 54.7 percent and tossing a career-high 15 interceptions. His offensive line didn’t help much as the team allowed 50 sacks on the former No.2 pick and a league-high 62 sacks.
It’s more than that. Wentz looks as if he’s lost all confidence. And for the asking price of a minimal first-round pick, that’s a steep bargain for anyone to sign on to with his extension.
Yes, expect Wentz to be on a new team. Yes, expect Washington to have a new quarterback. No, don’t expect these two reports to correlate anything together.