Carson Wentz is coming off of one of the weakest seasons of his career. Last season with the Washington Commanders, Wentz would finish the year with 1755 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions. Along with this, Wentz would lead the Commanders to a rough 2-5 record and would eventually be benched for Sam Howell.
He finds himself still unsigned in free agency with the preseason right around the corner. Despite Wentz having a rough season in 2022, he is still very deserving of a roster spot in 2023.
There are three teams that could really use Wentz to get through the season. While he will not be helping teams contend for Super Bowls or deep playoff runs, he could serve as a solid mentor for young quarterbacks or serve as a filler option at the starting spot.
The first team that could use Wentz on their roster is the Las Vegas Raiders. After losing Derek Carr to the New Orleans Saints in free agency, the Raiders’ front office brought in Jimmy Garoppolo on a three-year deal.
However, there is a chance that Jimmy G could be waived before he even takes his first regular-season snap with the team. There is a clause in his contract saying that the Raiders can cut him from the roster if he is unable to play due to the foot injury that required surgery over the offseason.
If Garoppolo ends up being unable to suit up for the Raiders, they do not have many options currently at the backup position. They are most likely to promote Brian Hoyer to the starting job if Garoppolo is cut from the team, however this is something that neither the Raiders organization or their fans want to see.
While Wentz is far from the best starting option in the league, there is a strong chance that he can come in and be a serviceable starting option if they are forced to waive Garoppolo.
Another team that would be a perfect landing spot for Wentz is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In their first season without Tom Brady, the Buccaneers’ quarterback room is shaping up to be one of the worst in the entire league.
Currently, there is a battle in training camp for the starting spot between Baker Mayfield and Kyle Trask. Neither of which are very likely to lead the Buccaneers to a playoff spot, even with the NFC South shaping up to be the weakest in the NFL this season.
This is another team where Wentz would have a very strong chance of being able to come in and win the starting position. Neither Mayfield or Trask have looked to be NFL starting caliber quarterbacks through camp.
Despite Mayfield having a promising close to the season in 2022, the tape has shown throughout his career that he is nowhere near consistent enough to be a long term starter for a winning team.
The final team that should take a look at Wentz is the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals are shaping up to be one of if not the worst teams in the NFL next season.
Quarterback Kyler Murray is set to miss a substantial amount of time in the 2023 season after suffering an ACL tear last year. Along with this, the team released veteran star wideout Deandre Hopkins.
As a result of this, the Cardinals will not have much of a passing game next season. Colt McCoy is set to be the team’s starter until Murray makes his return to the field. This is not an ideal spot for a team to be in, and while Wentz is not an elite option, he would potentially be the best choice the Cardinals can still sign at this point of free agency.
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