The team made a trade with the Indianapolis Colts to acquire Wentz as a way to find their starting quarterback for 2022.
While the team did settle on Wentz, he wasn’t their first option to fill the hole at quarterback.
The Commanders, oddly enough, reportedly thought about making a call to one other quarterback that used to play for the Colts.
That quarterback is the retired Andrew Luck, who retired before the 2019 NFL season started.
The Washington Commanders called Andrew Luck’s people to see if he would come out of retirement to play for them.
— jesus flores ✭ (@tvjflo) March 22, 2022
The story with Luck and Wentz with both teams has an oddly deep history.
Even The Colts Wanted Luck Over Wentz Before Acquiring Him In 2021
Wentz is a classic case of the last person picked when it comes to who wants a player on their team.
When the Colts lost Philip Rivers to retirement, they made a call to Luck.
But they had no luck there, leading them to acquire Wentz in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.
The deal with Washington now makes it two times that a team has gone after Luck first over him.
What makes matters odd with this is due to Luck’s vocal comments on why he was retiring from the NFL.
He made it very clear that he has no intentions of returning to football.
So things can’t be that good for Wentz when two teams rather talk with a player who’s not coming out of retirement.
Washington Had Other Choices Over Wentz
The Commanders decided to get the first person they could with acquiring Wentz instead of waiting for a better quarterback to come along.
Talks of a Jimmy Garoppolo trade floated around the league this season.
The #49ers reportedly have a trade offer worth two 2nd round picks for Jimmy Garoppolo 👀
Who do you think made the offer? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/bUgfiwvRDN
— The Game Day NFL (@TheGameDayNFL) March 21, 2022
The team could have also traded for Matt Ryan if they had waited before trading for Wentz.
Washington was impatient with their choice, so they are now stuck with him for the 2022 season.
Wentz’s Stats Aren’t Impressive At All
The thing that makes and breaks every quarterback in the NFL is stats.
If you can’t perform at a high level, then you won’t last long in the league.
Wentz falls on the borderline of that “not lasting long” category.
Most of his seasons have seen him throw 27 touchdowns or less.
He only had one season where he threw for 33 touchdowns in the season.
He also has a career completion percentage rate of 62.6.
Wentz usually throws seven interceptions each year, which is a plus for protecting the ball.
But his overall numbers don’t impress.
Wentz Injury History Could Be A Concern
With the Commanders losing their best offensive lineman in Brandon Scherff, Wentz will be under more pressure.
The loss can be a problem for an offensive line that ranked sixth in the NFL in 2021.
Wentz also has a history of injuries, which could be a problem if the line can’t protect him.
The Colts went from an injury prone trash can in wentz to a first ballot HOF QB in Matt Ryan. One of the greatest trades in NFL history.
Matt Ryan has the highest postseason passer rating in NFL history. Been a top 5 QB for over a decade and has dominated the NFL since ‘08.
— #TheOwner (@SaucedUpFalco) March 21, 2022
If he were to get injured like Ryan Fitzpatrick did last season, it could be a long, regrettable season for Washington.