Free-agent NFL quarterback Carson Wentz has reportedly received interest from several teams, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
Wentz, who played for the Eagles, Colts, and Commanders, has expressed that he is open to both starting and backup roles with a new team. However, it appears that most teams are hesitant to offer him a starting position due to his recent struggles on the field.
Updated free agent QB Carson Wentz on @SportsCenter…He’s been working out in L.A. in preparation for the season, he’s received interest from teams and he might wait longer into offseason to see what develops. But he’s open to any role, I’m told (starter or backup)
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) May 14, 2023
Wentz only made seven starts for the Commanders in 2022 due to benching and injuries, and NFL teams were smart enough to realize that his 2021 season with the Colts of 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions was as good as those numbers might indicate. While he is still a capable player, but not as a full-time franchise starter. It seems likely that he will need to accept a backup role if he wants to continue playing in the league.
Back in March, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Wentz intended to continue playing and was open to “various roles that can help a team.” He was seen having dinner with his agents in Indianapolis, which sparked speculation about his future in the league. It is possible that he will wait until later in the offseason to see what opportunities arise before making a decision on where to sign.
Wentz was released by the Commanders in February, which saved the team $26.2 million against the salary cap.
At 30 years old, he is unlikely to find a home as a presumed starter for the 2023 season after back-to-back one-year stints with the Colts and Commanders. However, there is a possibility that a team views him as a capable bridge quarterback for the upcoming season. Alternatively, Wentz may spend the season as a backup and attempt to rehab his value in a strong offense before seeking another starting job in the NFL in the future.