Commanders Dump Carson
Division Rival Washington Cut Ties With Former Eagles QB
A friend-turned-foe for the Philadelphia Eagles will be searching for his fourth team in four seasons.
NFC East division rival Washington Commanders announced on Monday that they released QB Carson Wentz, acquired via trade in March of 2022.
Wentz’s struggles since his All-Pro 2017 season and subsequent torn ACL continued in 2022 during his one season with Washington.
The former Eagle began the season starting the first six games, with a 1-4 record, before fracturing a finger in his throwing hand.
When healthy enough to return, Wentz found himself as a backup to Taylor Heinicke. He finished the season throwing for 1,755 yards with 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in eight games and seven starts.
The now-former Commanders QB came to Washington from the Indianapolis Colts after a reunion with his former offensive coordinator Frank Reich in 2021 failed to revitalize his career and put the team into the playoffs.
Wentz’s rocky road of a career began after a promising first two seasons that earned him a four year, $128 million contract extension. He had up-and-down years in 2018 and ‘19, followed by leading the league in interceptions and his eventual benching to Jalen Hurts in 2020. The Eagles would trade him to Indianapolis shortly after for multiple draft selections including a 2022 first round pick.
Wentz faced the Eagles on Sept. 25, 2022 for the first time since his departure. He completed 25 of his 43 passes for 211 yards and no touchdowns in the 24-8 loss, and was sacked nine times by the ferocious Philadelphia defensive line, led by former teammate Brandon Graham with 2.5.
The 2016 number two overall pick in the NFL now finds himself a free agent for the first time in his career.
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.