Carson Wentz Injury
Carson Wentz is dealing with another injury. Not exactly surprising, but this is actually a blessing in disguise for the Colts. (Justin Casterline/Getty)

Carson Wentz Injury Might Be A Blessing In Disguise

Carson Wentz has another injury, which is not exactly the most shocking news. For most, this would be absolutely horrifying, but this is a blessing in disguise for the Colts’ organization. Let me explain why.

Conditional Draft Capital

When the Colts traded for Carson Wentz, part of the trade was a conditional draft pick. For NFL dummies, a conditional pick means that the draft pick can change if certain conditions are met. As part of the deal to get Wentz out of a toxic relationship, Indianapolis sent a conditional 2022 second-round pick that could become a first-round pick if one of two conditions are met. The first is if Carson Wentz plays 75 percent of the Colts’ snaps, the second is if Wentz plays 70 percent of the Colts’ snaps AND Indianapolis makes the playoffs. Do you see where I’m going with this?

A Good Deal Becomes Even Better

If this foot injury keeps Carson Wentz out for a few weeks, then he probably won’t meet either of the snap counts. Indy might be able to just keep their 2022 first-round pick. The Colts have Carson Wentz under contract, albeit a rather large contract, through the 2024 NFL season. Wentz gives the Colts Super Bowl potential. They already got him for an absolute bargain compared to what the Rams gave up for Matthew Stafford. Now the Colts could potentially give up even less for Wentz!

Evaluate Other Options

The Colts also have the opportunity, or absolute need, to evaluate the other quarterbacks on their roster. They shouldn’t be on the hunt for another franchise quarterback. They have the chance to evaluate Jacob Eason, and Sam Ehlinger (who can’t throw a deep ball to save his life, but people can change, I guess).

The Colts Are A Damn Good Team

The Colts are an amazing team! This isn’t the same roster that Carson Wentz needed to carry in Philadelphia. This team can win games with subpar quarterback play. The talent on this team and the genius of Frank Reich brought Philip Rivers back to the playoffs. They’ll do fine with Jacob Eason or any other backup quarterback. Will they be Super Bowl contenders without Wentz? No. But they won’t absolutely implode either.

The AFC South is one of the easier divisions in the NFL. As long as Sam Ehlinger isn’t taking many meaningful snaps for the Colts, this Carson Wentz injury is a blessing in disguise. They’ll most likely get to keep their first-round pick, and if they absolutely suck, they get a high draft pick to help the rest of their already amazing roster. No one in Indy is on the hot seat, and they won’t be for quite some time. Play the long game.

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