Even last year, when the Philadelphia Eagles were desperate to unload quarterback Carson Wentz and as much of his contract as they could, folks generally had the perspective that he wasn’t going to be the difference-maker for the Indianapolis Colts. A mild upgrade? Maybe. Worth the first and third rounder the Colts ultimately gave up? Oh heavens no.
Fast-forward to yesterday, when the Colts undid their mistake as best they could and recouped a couple third rounders from the Washington Commanders. The reactions, again, were NOT positive. Commanders fans were all over social media lamenting the deal, and pundits wondered whether Wentz would even be a meaningful upgrade over Taylor Heinicke.
Sometimes that’s just bluster, though. Sometimes the REAL football experts know what’s up, and sometimes those opinions wind up distilled into the betting markets. Surely, the Commanders, who otherwise have a solid roster, saw their Super Bowl odds tick up a bit after the team gave up meaningful draft capital to acquire one year of Wentz. Right? RIGHT?
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) March 9, 2022
Mostly that’s just funny. Sure, part of the odds shift is that, by acquiring Wentz, the Commanders foreclosed the possibility of some other upgrade, but that, too, says a lot about the trade!