The Indianapolis Colts had two opportunities to clinch a playoff berth last season but failed.
Their last chance was against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars wherein they failed miserably.
Fans pin most of the blame to quarterback Carson Wentz, who had a QBR of 4.4 during their season closer.
They hoped that Wentz would rediscover the form he had early in his career.
But that defeat increased the doubt among the Colts’ top brass that the former North Dakota State standout might not be the quarterback that can lead them to another Super Bowl championship.
Worst, NBCS Washington’s JP Finlay reminded everyone about the draft capital Indianapolis gave up to acquire Wentz.
I keep circling back to this on Carson Wentz – Indy just gave up 2 firsts to get him, will have to eat money to release him and there’s no clear upgrade in sight for Colts. How many red flags is that?
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) February 23, 2022
Finlay said, “I keep circling back to this on Carson Wentz – Indy just gave up 2 first to get him, will have to eat money to release him and there’s no clear upgrade in sight for Colts. How many red flags is that?”
The Mess With Wentz
Any quarterback playing for the Colts would be lucky given their solid offensive line and talented skill players like running back Jonathan Taylor.
Somehow, Wentz wasn’t able to maximize the options around him due to injuries and poor decision-making.
In the first place, it didn’t look good that the team traded a first-round pick and a conditional second-rounder to acquire a signal-caller that struggled before parting ways with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Worst, that second-round pick turned into a first when he played at least 75 percent of the snaps on offense.
Based on his performance last season, the Colts have to decide whether to release Wentz or not before March 18.
After that date, he will be due to earn $27 million.
If they release him before that date, he will only count $15 million in dead money against the Colts’ salary cap.