ESPN predicts Carson Wentz will be Colts’ 2021 starting QB

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As it stands, the Indianapolis Colts seem to be among the favorites to be the team to acquire quarterback Carson Wentz in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.

While the Colts reportedly haven’t increased their offer for the 28-year-old, there is still a chance Wentz winds up in Indy. If that happens, the Colts will have their starter for the 2021 season.

In predicting each team’s starting quarterback for the 2021 season, Field Yates of ESPN is following the smoke, choosing Wentz for Indy.

Projected 2021 starter: Carson Wentz

There’s been plenty of smoke surrounding the Colts and Bears as landing spots for Wentz, as Indy would reunite him with Frank Reich, his former offensive coordinator. The Colts’ roster is ready to win right now, so entering the season with a rookie or otherwise unproven starter would be potentially missing out on a window to compete.

Wentz is radioactive at the moment after his dismal 2020 performance. Can Reich and his staff reconstruct the player who was once ascendant enough to earn a record-setting contract extension that no one questioned the Eagles for giving him? Count me among those who believe in Indy’s infrastructure.

It seems to be coming down to the Colts and Chicago Bears as the team most likely to acquire Wentz. Though he was an MVP candidate a few years ago, that form seems like a longshot to retain, especially after what was an incredibly poor 2020 season.

The Colts have interest in Wentz. Given the support staff they have with Frank Reich, Press Taylor and Mike Groh, the feeling is that they can get him back to form as a reliable starter. But it’s also clear that Chris Ballard doesn’t want to overpay for the former No. 2 overall pick.

What isn’t clear is when this storyline will end. But the Colts seem to be one of the favorites to land Wentz, which means a deal could happen at any moment.

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