Carson Wentz acquired by Indianapolis Colts
By Bob Garcia
The quarterback dominos continue to fall in the NFL, way in advance of free agency and the draft. The latest news just broke today with the Philadelphia Eagles trading Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts.
The Colts are sending a third-round pick in this year’s draft, plus a conditional second-round pick next year that could become a first. It appears to be a fair deal, although quite less than what Philly was reportedly initially asking for.
Wentz is just 28 years old and a few years removed from finishing second in the 2017 MVP voting. However, he has battled injuries and last year was one of the worst quarterbacks statistically in the league.
Indy is hoping that reuniting Wentz with his former offensive coordinator, Frank Reich will revitalize his career. Reich is now the head man with the Colts and certainly must feel optimistic about Wentz’s future.
How the trade affects the Super Bowl odds
The Americas Cardroom sportsbook has not updated the Super Bowl odds for next year yet. However, Indy does have some odds listed elsewhere from +2000 to +2500, ranking about 9th among NFL teams.
The question is whether the Wentz acquisition will really move the odds needle and I don’t think it will. Yes, the Colts will be much better if Wentz returns to his 2017 form, but the chances of that are not great.
If Wentz gives the team the same production as Philip Rivers last year (13th in quarterback rating), I think that’s a win, but still not good enough to get them to the Super Bowl.