NFL Rumors: Carson Wentz is shamelessly cutting into the Super Bowl fast lane
Recently released quarterback Carson Wentz could emerge from NFL exile to join one of the most dominant franchises in the league — as a backup, of course.
In 2018, quarterback Carson Wentz won his first Super Bowl as a backup to Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles. In 2023, Wentz could slip into a similar role, but this time playing second fiddle to Kansas City native Patrick Mahomes.
“[Insert expletive here]Chiefs fans must have reacted upon hearing Wentz is looking for a new job this season. Wentz is determined to continue playing and is open to “various roles that can help a team,” the NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday, planting Wentz’s seeds of He is likely to become the team’s back-up midfielder this coming season.
Wentz was released by the Washington captains earlier this week in what some believe is the final blow to the 30-year-old’s career decline. The former Eagles darling fell off base, having a terrible final season in Philly before being traded to the Indianapolis Colts in 2021 and then to the Chiefs in 2022.
Heading into 2023, the hot potato quarterback may have a more plentiful market playing as a backup and could hop on the bandwagon of a Super Bowl contender like the Chiefs.
NFL exile Carson Wentz could crawl his way to a Super Bowl contender in 2023
Currently, the Vegas prospect lists Kansas City as the favorite to land over Wentz at +300. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Las Vegas Raiders are the second and third team likely to bring in Wentz, and in those cases, Wentz might get a chance to redeem himself as an interim veteran rookie.
The Bucs and Raiders will be playing with fire by taking on Wentz, and they can’t complain too much if they get burned.
Carson Wentz joining the Chiefs stands out as the most interesting move as Wentz could cement his legacy as one of the most celebrated backup quarterbacks to win multiple Super Bowls.
Kansas City quarterback Chad Henn announced his retirement after Super Bowl LVII, and Henn will forever be known as the man who sat behind two-time Super Bowl quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Henn started just one game in five seasons for Kansas City, though he was called up several times in 2022 to fill in for Mahomes in the blasts and when Mahomes injured his ankle in the playoffs. The impact of his departure on the Chiefs shouldn’t be lost — despite an apparent talent rift between Henne and Mahomes, the duo formed a stable quarterback room to help Kansas City win its second Super Bowl in three years.
Wentz, who went 2-5 as a Washington starter and threw 11 touchdowns against nine interceptions, brings mayhem and disappointment wherever he goes and doesn’t, on the face of it, seem to fit in with the culture in Kansas City.
Philly began feeling bullish about his 2016 No. 2 overall selection, and Ventz ended up fumbling. The same thing happened in Indy and Washington. Notice the pattern?
Wentz has shown his true personality as an incredibly unreliable and underpowered leader over the past few years, and after back-to-back failed starts, all he might get his hands on is a decent contract.
Even selection-subject quarterbacks need to make a living, and much like backup assistant Chase Daniels, Wentz could be paid big for the rest of his NFL career without ever touching the football again.
Given Wentz’s track record, this would be in the best interest of any potential suitor.