INDIANAPOLIS — It is over. The Super Bowl champ has been named. Now it’s on to the offseason — which will be a more pivotal time for some teams.
TheYou are one of them.
After Jim Irsay lost his team to the Indianapolis Flyers, Jim Irsay and his general manager Chris Ballard met with Frank Reich and the coaching staff to discuss this offseason.In Week 18, and missed the playoffs.
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ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Super Bowl Sunday it looked “bleak” for Wentz to return to Indianapolis for a second season.
“Yes, the Colts did not give him support verbally after the season,” Mortensen said on ESPN. “Said that they weren’t guaranteeing him anything. It looks very grim right now. … So, for Carson Wentz and the Colts, it looks like it was a one-year marriage that went wrong.”
Financial reasons would dictate that a divorce between Wentz, the Colts, and Wentz must occur within the next four week. Wentz will get $15 million whether he’s on the Colts' roster or not next season. The team can still save $13 million by releasing Wentz before March 18.
According to league sources, Wentz and any other player on the roster have not been decided.
Ballard's refusal of to declare that the quarterback would be his starter next year increased the likelihood of Wentz leaving the Colts.
“Sitting here today, just so y'all know, I won't make a comment on who is going to be here next year and who is not going to be here next year,” Ballard said on Jan. 13. “That's not fair to any player.”
After Ballard gave up a first round and third-round picks to acquire Wentz from the Colts, the possibility of Wentz being in a Colts uniform for a single season was not possible.This is the same month as a year ago.
However, Wentz, and only Wentz, put the Colts into this position with his play. This was not the same as his 2017 season when he was running for MVP but got injured.
Wentz’s stats were average: 3,563 yards with 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. However, a closer inspection reveals that Wentz did not win any Colts game by himself.
Wentz was required by the Colts at the conclusion of the season to take over.Jaguars did a great job of restricting running back . To make it to the playoffs, they needed to win their last two games.
Wentz didn’t produce it. He didn’t top 185 yards in either of the final two games, completing 58.9% of his pass attempts and throwing a total of two touchdowns.
“But the hyper-importance of that position, it's real,” Ballard said last month. “You have to get consistency there. It's been a long time since we got it. We thought we had it all until the last season. This is something we need to keep working on.”
That’s not supposed to happen with a franchise quarterback. And that’s one of the reasons why the Colts appear to be on their way to looking for a new starting quarterback in 2022. This, along with the fact that other talented quarterbacks such as, , , , You can also join the AFC.
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Of course, all that could be wishful thinking since the Colts don’t have a first-round pick as trade bait in this year’s draft — thanks to the Wentz trade.
The 2022 list doesn't contain the names that would make Ballard want a rush to spend some of the Colts' $41 million salary cap space., , .
But what about the draft, then?
The Colts have no first-round selection and there is not much in the way of a deep quarterback draft, so it is unlikely they will find a starter for next year.
The Colts may be looking to replace Wentz, but it looks like there is not much to choose from. Hopefully they have a plan in mind, because if not, they’ll be right back in this position at this time next year.