The Indianapolis Colts believed they could compete for the AFC South crown in 2021. That’s why they traded for quarterback Carson Wentz earlier this year. Alas, the second overall pick in 2016’s draft will most likely miss a significant amount of time after suffering a foot injury in training camp.
Wentz’s injury involves a bone and a ligament, per Michael Silver of NFL Media. The quarterback may have to undergo surgery and will probably be out for a while, so the Colts will have to start looking for potential replacements as soon as possible. In fact, it’s possible that they had already reached out to several teams. After all, their season might hinge on their ability to find an adequate replacement for the 2017 Pro Bowl nod.
With Wentz out of the picture, Jacob Eason became Indy’s starting quarterback by default. The 2020 fourth-round pick has never played a snap in the NFL and the Colts won’t likely roll with him in Week 1, so whom should they call?
You may have heard that desperate times call for desperate measures and Indianapolis could end up calling the AFC South rival Jacksonville Jaguars. Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus suggests the Jags send quarterback Gardner Minshew II to the Colts in exchange 2022 fourth-round pick and a 2023 sixth-round pick. That’s simply too little for one of the best backup passers in the NFL.
The Jaguars are better off keeping Minshew but if someone came calling with an enticing proposal, they should listen. Keep in mind that they can afford to trade the former Cougar, as they have C.J. Beathard on the roster. Nevertheless, if they are willing to deal their number-two quarterback —yes, Trevor Lawrence is the starter — they must ask for an early-round pick and if the Colts aren’t interested in parting ways with theirs, they could offer any of these three players.