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Among the many decisions the Indianapolis Colts will have to make this offseason will include what to do with Carson Wentz and the quarterback position.
While his season-end numbers look fine, the final month of the season showed the Colts are better off when they minimize his work in the passing game.
Considering the first-round pick they gave up to get him in addition to his remaining contract, it’s not crazy to think the Colts could move on—even as soon as this offseason.
Pro Football Focus seems to share that sentiment as they ranked the Colts as the 10th-most quarterback-needy team in the NFL, placing them in the “Explore the Options” tier with six other teams.
The season could not have ended in a more disastrous fashion for the Colts. Carson Wentz played in all 17 games, ensuring the conditional draft pick traded to acquire him was a first-rounder, but he collapsed down the stretch and was a quarterback obviously propped up by the system rather than facilitating the play of everybody around him.
Wentz had three games with at least three turnover-worthy plays, each of which earned him a PFF grade of 46.1 or worse. The team likely lacks real confidence in Wentz being the guy going forward, and even though the Colts may not be able to get rid of him anytime soon, they would be crazy not to have their eye on potential contingency plans in the draft.
The other teams in that tier with the Colts include the Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants.
The Colts haven’t given Wentz much confidence that he’s the starter in 2022. General manager Chris Ballard didn’t make many supportive comments in regards to his future while even head coach Frank Reich gave a non-committal response when asked about Wentz.
We’ve explored just about everything you need to know about Wentz’s future with the Colts, including what the contract situation means moving forward.
This will undoubtedly be the biggest storyline of the offseason for the Colts even if it remains to be seen how needy they believe themselves to be at the position.
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