Carson Wentz is wanting to continue playing in the NFL and is open to roles that would help a new team. Should the Patriots have any interest? The main reason why I am advocating for this is because of who the team recently hired as their offensive coordinator.
I think Bill O’Brien was a stellar hire, regardless if he was a former Patriots’ staffer. I tend to think that the offense he ran while he was head coach of the Houston Texans was able to aid the development of Deshaun Watson, so I’d trust O’Brien to be able to work with and get production out of quarterbacks.
He also did it before in the NFL before becoming the Texans’ head coach, his most notable stint as a coach.
Carson Wentz was released by the Washington Commanders recently and is apparently open to roles on new teams that will benefit them. The report seems to indicate that Wentz realizes that his starting days in the NFL are mostly over, and if he wants to continue playing in the league and making money as an NFL QB, he’ll have to take a backup job.
Wentz might be the most low floor/high ceiling QB of all time. At his worst, well, he’s about the worst QB in the league, and at his best, he’s an MVP caliber player and a Super Bowl champion.
Signing Wentz to be the backup QB in New England would be an incredibly low-risk, high-reward move for the team. Most backups don’t play regardless, so having to potentially deal with Wentz up and down performances is low.
However, if O’Brien does indeed know how to work with and get production out of veteran QBs, Wentz could be a steal.
He’s certainly got a higher ceiling than Mac Jones, and I do think he could see some game action if Mac Jones falters. Making a move for a high-quality backup QB is what good teams good. Good, contending teams in the NFL make smart moves, and the smart play here is signing Carson Wentz.