Winston is currently a free agent, btw. His contract with NO was only a 1 year minimum deal.
There's a few reasons Wentz hasn't been able to replicate his best season or even 2019's decent one, and some of them are his fault and others aren't. For one, they've been pretty terrible at surrounding him with talent. They brought in Desean Jackson and Alshon Jeffrey who have been mostly hurt and unproductive. Marquise Goodwin, who had a couple good years in SF, opted out last year. They've been terrible at drafting receivers - they took JJ Arceiga-Whiteside and Jalen Reagor when they could've drafted DK Metcalf and Justin Jefferson, respectively. The offensive line, while not as bad as people say, was still banged up and not great. Zach Ertz - usually a top-5 TE, was very unproductive this year and dealt with trade rumors.
As for Wentz specifically, he was actually pretty good in 2019 and I thought he was finally getting out of Nick Foles's shadow. He signed a massive extension. And then they went and drafted a QB in the second round. So now Jalen Hurts was breathing down his neck and as stated above he had less weapons around him. Carson Wentz's greatest strength has always been making plays with his mobility, running around in the backfield and holding the ball for a long time to make a play (check his fumbling stats - he has had a career long issue with fumbling because he often takes a sack instead of throwing the ball away). In the offseason Wentz gained some weight, about 20 pounds, and it clearly affected his mobility. He was slower in the pocket and had a lot of trouble getting away from rushing defensive linemen that he would've evaded in prior years. This, along with the weaker offensive line, forced him to take more sacks and thus fumble more, and also to make riskier throws to bottom-tier receivers.
Then they started putting Jalen Hurts in and he had some more limited success and I think it really screwed Wentz mentally. I don't think he's ever been right mentally since Foles came in and won the Super Bowl. I think he was finally getting there in 2019 when he dragged the team to the playoffs but then they drafted a QB really messed with him. You could tell watching the games that he just wasn't with it, his mechanics were awful.
Add these to the fact that he was apparently not well liked in the locker room and butted heads with the coach, and the front office clearly didn't believe in him to win in the playoffs. If he was the Eagles starting QB this upcoming season and there are fans in the seats they would boo him out of the stadium and that would mess with him even more.
It was time for both him and the team to move on. I think he will be decent with the Colts, and he should be comfortable under Frank Reich. They have a much stronger and more flexible roster than Philly but also have a huge weakness at receiver with TY Hilton probably gone. The expectation there is that they'll make the playoffs, but Wentz's play will be a huge factor. The only other QB they have on the roster is Jacob Eason, a 4th round pick who doesn't really project as an NFL quality player. They'll be bringing in a backup, whether it be Winston or Mariota or someone else, but the starting job is Wentz's to lose with his contract/
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