Carson Wentz was once considered a future superstar in the NFL.
He led the Philadelphia Eagles to an 11-2 start to the 2017 season, throwing for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions before tearing his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams.
Philadelphia went on to win the Super Bowl that season with backup Nick Foles at the helm. And Wentz never returned to those heights.
He made a solid if unspectacular return in 2018 and then threw for 4,039 yards, 27 touchdowns and only seven interceptions a year later.
But that’s when things began to go downhill.
Philadelphia drafted Jalen Hurts in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft and Wentz struggled mightily that season, throwing for just 2,620 yards, 16 touchdowns and a league-leading 15interceptions. He was eventually benched for Hurts to end the season.
The Eagles then traded Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason. Wentz spent one unspectacular season in Indy before being traded again, this time to the Washington Commanders.
He began the season as the starter in Washington. But seven games, 15 turnovers, and several injuries later, he a backup yet again. The Commanders released the quarterback after one season.
Wentz is still a free agent, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports he’s been working out in Florida with disgraced former NFL head coach Jon Gruden.
Free-agent QB Carson Wentz has been spending time in Tampa, throwing and studying film with former NFL head coach Jon Gruden. Wentz wants and intends to play this season, and is awaiting the right situation.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 15, 2023
Gruden, of course, last coach the Las Vegas Raiders from 2018-21 before he was forced out of the league for sending denigrating, sexist and homophobic emails about a number of personnel across the league.
Wentz, however, appears to have no issue with the former Super Bowl-winning coach. Wentz was also reportedly not very well liked in the Philadelphia locker room.
So the jokes immediately came flowing out on Twitter.
carson wentz and jon gruden willingly spending time together and hanging out. the jokes write themselves. https://t.co/4Kg7oWSZch
— ziyan (@ziyanm_) June 15, 2023
— The Tape Don’t Lie📽️ (@eaglesfilmstudy) June 15, 2023
Jon Gruden and Carson Wentz using homophobic slurs pic.twitter.com/MSFli3ei2Z
— Himofey Mozgov (@himmymozgov) June 15, 2023
Gruden undoubtedly knows more about football that 99.9 percent of the planet. But whether that’s enough to help get Wentz back in the league is yet to be seen.