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NFL - US Sports: Colts cash in on Wentz after one season

The Indianapolis Colts are searching for a starting quarterback once more after trading Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders after just one season.

The Colts, a 28/1 shot to win Super Bowl LVII, narrowly missed out of the playoffs last season, having at one stage looked like they were a threat to win it all.

Wentz moves on

Wentz, who was acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles in a deal which eventually cost the Colts a first and a third-round pick, had an up-and-down time in Indianapolis that finished on a sour note.

The 29-year-old became less and less important to a Colts offense that revolved around running back Jonathan Taylor.

His performances deteriorated late in the regular season, culminating in a spectacular implosion during Indianapolis' must-win Week 18 clash with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In that upset loss to the Jaguars, Wentz posted a career-low 4.3 total QBR and it wasn't long before rumours started to circulate about the Colts moving on from him.

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Belief plays a part

The team's general manager Chris Ballard addressed Wentz's future in Indy during last week's NFL Combine.

"Ultimately, you've got to have a guy you believe in, and you can win with," Ballard said, via the Indianapolis Star.

"That will play some into it, but ultimately, we will make the decision that we think is best, both in the short and the long-term."

They pulled the plug just a few days later in a deal that will see Washington send the Colts a 2022 third-round pick and next year's third-rounder that can convert to a second-rounder based on incentives.

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo also reported that the impending trade, that will be rubber stamped next week, includes a swap of 2022 second-round draft picks, which means the Colts move up five spots and the Commanders will select at number 47 instead of 42.

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