Wednesday brought the second big splash related to the quarterback carousel that will be taking place around the NFL this offseason. The Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles finalized a deal involving Philly's former starting quarterback Carson Wentz, who had significantly regressed in 2020 after a promising start to his career. I'm going to break down the details of this move and give my opinion for which team won the trade.
To begin, let's simply look at what each team is receiving from the deal.
It's worth noting that the 2022 conditional pick is contingent on Wentz's play time in Indy next season. If he plays at least 75 percent of the Colts' offensive snaps, or if he plays 70 percent of snaps and the Colts make the playoffs, the second round pick the Eagles receive for the 2022 draft will be bumped to a first round pick. So, the Colts gave up just two draft picks in exchange for the 28-year old quarterback, when the Eagles were reportedly looking for a lot more from any prospective buyers. This leads me to believe that there really wasn't much demand for Wentz across the league. It seemed like the Colts and the Bears were the only teams with much interest in him at all.
Every moment of the 2020-21 NFL season culminated into a Super Bowl matchup that football fans across the nation were eager to see unfold. The consistently successful Tom Brady, in his first season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was taking on the next great, generational quarterback in Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bucs were playing in their home stadium, something a Super Bowl team had never done prior to this season. The Chiefs were three point favorites when the game kicked off, but while plenty of people still expected the Buccaneers to win, no one anticipated the game to unravel the way it did. When the final seconds ticked off the clock, Tampa Bay had secured a 31-9 victory, giving Brady his seventh ring in dominant fashion.
I have a lot of things I want to discuss about this game; opinions that are apparently rather unpopular in the mainstream sports media. I will begin by saying that aside from my bets placed on Kansas City and obligatory allegiance to Patrick Mahomes for fantasy football reasons (I drafted him prior to his breakout season and have been rooting for him since he delivered me a title that year), I didn't have a dog in the fight for this year's Super Bowl. My thoughts on certain events and storylines from last night's game, while different from the main talking heads on ESPN and other sports shows, seem like they should be objective truths for anyone who actually watched the game in its entirety. I'll start by explaining how the game unfolded into the blowout we all witnessed.
This offseason is primed to be the most exciting one we've seen in quite some time, as over half of the teams in the NFL are looking to potentially move on from their 2020 quarterback(s). On Saturday night, the Detroit Lions and Los Angeles Rams got things rolling by swapping Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff (and a few draft picks) in a move that will likely set off a slew of quarterback trades and signings, the likes of which we've never seen. Poor performances, massive contracts, organization issues, and retirements drive most teams' desires for new QBs this offseason.
In this article, I'm going to be predicting who I think will be lining up under center for each team in the league in week 1 of the 2021-22 season. Some of these predictions will be easy, as there are still several teams who have already found their franchise quarterback. For the others, I'll be basing my predictions on team fit, salary cap room, gut feeling, and other speculation that has been circulating the internet already. Honestly, I won't be surprised if almost all of these projections are wrong because no one really knows what's going to end up happening and circumstances can change daily in the NFL. Still, it will at least spark some fun discussions for fans of teams whose QB for next season is still up in the air.