Colts GM Chris Ballard non-committal about QB Carson Wentz


Carson Wentz’s future in Indianapolis is rising murkier by the minute.

Days after Colts head coach Frank Reich didn’t get into specifics in regards to the 29-year-old quarterback acquired in a commerce from the Eagles final March, normal supervisor Chris Ballard supplied cryptic phrases Thursday about Wentz and what’s subsequent.

“At the time [of the trade] we felt it was the right decision. I’m not going to make a comment on who is going to be here next year and who isn’t … I thought Carson did some good things, and I thought there are some things he needs to do a lot better,” Ballard informed reporters.

Through 17 video games in his first season with the Colts, Wentz threw for 3,563 yards with 27 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Although he lead the staff to a 9-8 report within the common season, Indianapolis fell wanting a playoff berth final Sunday following an embarrassing 26-11 loss to the Jaguars.

In Sunday’s regular-season finale in Jacksonville, Wentz had one landing and one interception and was sacked six instances. He additionally accomplished 17 of 29 passes for 185 yards.

Colts quarterback Carson Wentz just wrapped his first season in Indianapolis after being traded by the Eagles last yearColts quarterback Carson Wentz simply wrapped his first season in Indianapolis after being traded by the Eagles final 12 monthsGetty ImagesColts general manager Chris BallardColts normal supervisor Chris BallardIcon Sportswire through Getty Images

“I won’t sit up here and make excuses at to why we got our ass beat in Jacksonville, because that’s what happened,” Ballard mentioned. “We acquired our ass beat.

“Make the layups. Make the layups. Make the layups. Carson wants to win. He has a will to win. Sometimes when you carry the burden where you think you have to make a big play all the time. Sometimes let the team help you, make the layups, make the layups.”

Carson Wentz (#2) is sacked during Sunday's game against the Jaguars on Jan. 9, 2022Carson Wentz (#2) is sacked throughout Sunday’s sport towards the Jaguars on Jan. 9, 2022Icon Sportswire through Getty Images

And whereas Ballard and Reich — Wentz’s offensive coordinator with the Eagles — might proceed to ponder the quarterback’s destiny, Colts alum Jeff Saturday mentioned Tuesday on ESPN’s “First Take” that the staff ought to transfer on.

“Consistently throughout the season, when the moments mattered most, he didn’t really step up and do things you would expect that type of quarterback with that type of investment to make,” Saturday mentioned.

Wentz, initially drafted second general by the Eagles in 2016, has three years and $81 million left on his contract, with solely $15 million assured.

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