The Commanders Have Released QB Carson Wentz
The Carson Wentz experience in Washington has come to an end after the Commanders released the veteran QB on Monday.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport broke the news this afternoon.
Carson Wentz will play for his fourth team in as many seasons in 2023 after being released by the Commanders. After playing his first five seasons in Philadelphia, Wentz has made stops in Indianapolis and Washington the past two seasons.
Wentz started seven games for the Commanders in 2022. The veteran signal callers completed 62 percent of his passes and amassed 1,755 yards, 11 touchdowns, and nine interceptions.
According to head coach Ron Rivera, the Commanders will now turn things over to Sam Howell (and likely a veteran backup). Rivera said that Howell would have the first look at the starting job next season during the Super Bowl media week in Phoenix earlier this month.
I’m not saying he’s the starter. I’m saying he will start as the guy with the first chance, but he will have some competition. We like (free agent) Taylor (Heinicke). We’d like to see if we can do something to get him back. We got to go out and look and see if there’s another veteran guy we want to bring in as competition. I’m not anointing anybody. I’m just telling (Sam) this is his opportunity, but he will be challenged.”
Regarding financial ramifications, Carson Wentz’s cut will save Washington $26.2 million in 2023 cap space. According to OTC’s cap calculator, Wentz’s cut now gives the Commanders $34.5 million in cap space this offseason. Washington will now have the seventh most cap space this offseason, just behind the Bengals.