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Ivan Lambert

Carson Wentz grateful for this past year with the Commanders

Carson Wentz continues to impress with his leadership and kindness.

Wentz, via Instagram Tuesday, basically conveyed to Commanders fans and the organization that things did not develop this past season as we all had wished.

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Wentz then expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and to fellow Commanders for the bond that he experienced and hopes to experience with them.

It really is a shame Carson could not perform up to expectations this 2022 season. The former Eagle and Colt quarterback was traded from the Colts to the Commanders in the offseason, and the price tag was not cheap.

In fairness to Wentz, is he to blame for the negotiating skills of the Commanders’ brass who worked the trade? It was no secret the Colts had already moved on from Wentz, and yet Washington did not negotiate well at all in the trade. The Colts talked the Commanders into a third-round choice in 2022, a conditional third in 2023 (which could have become a second-rounder) and swapping back five spots in round two with the Colts in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Wentz excited Commanders Nation in the first week when trailing the Jaguars 22-14, Wentz threw two touchdown passes in the final quarter leading Washington to a come-from-behind 28-22 victory. Wentz had thrown for 313 yards and four touchdowns. Washington “finally had a quarterback,” owner Daniel Snyder said.

The seven-year veteran started seven games; however, the Commanders could only manage two wins in those seven starts, resulting in head coach Ron Rivera staying with Taylor Heinicke for nine starts until Heinicke’s struggles caught up with him and Rivera returned to Wentz and then Sam Howell for the final game.

Wentz earned $28 million this past season, but Washington has the ability to release him without any salary cap hit next season, so it is only a matter of time before he is released.

Several players, including Taylor Heinicke and Jonathan Allen, have spoken out about the quality person and teammate Wentz was this year. Sam Howell even went out of his way to challenge public opinion concerning Wentz.

Following Washington’s 26-6 victory over Dallas Sunday, in Howell’s first NFL start, Howell proclaimed, “I know people say negative things about Carson, but he is an unbelievable human being. For him to give me his suite my first start, means a lot.”

Commanders Wire wishes Carson, his wife Madison, and their two precious daughters the very best in their future endeavors.

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