The 2023 NFL preseason kicks off in a few days and several notable free agents are still looking for their next employment opportunity. One available name is former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who seems to have more doubters than believers at this point.
Wentz’s whirlwind journey took him to the Washington Commanders last year, where he split starts with Taylor Heinickie and Sam Howell. The former MVP candidate’s 2022 performance was most of the most underwhelming of his career, recording 1,755 passing yards with 11 touchdowns to nine interceptions in eight outings (seven starts).
Even if Wentz’s best days are behind him, there’s a chance that he won’t be unemployed for long. The preseason sheds light on QB rooms across the NFL and a team might quickly realize they aren’t content with their situation under center.
Here’s a look at three teams that are desperate enough to take the gamble that comes with signing Carson Wentz.
Carson Wentz Free Agency Destinations 2023
1. Green Bay Packers
The Aaron Rodgers era ended for the Green Bay Packers this offseason, leading to the franchise putting its hopes in Jordan Love’s hands. He’s earned solid reviews in training camp, but with only 83 career pass attempts, he’ll likely experience growing pains throughout the regular season.
If Love fails to look like an NFL QB, the Packers’ current backup quarterback is Sean Clifford — a fifth-round pick back in April. There’s no use throwing either signal-caller into the fire if they aren’t ready, putting Green Bay in a position where it could be desperate enough to sign Carson Wentz.
Besides, the Packers could do much worse than Wentz. He showed some signs of promise during the 2022 campaign, including a reliable completion percentage (62.3%) and a trio of 300-yard performances. In the right environment, he could produce similar results.
Would Wentz solve all of the Packers’ problems? No, but he’d be a decent one-year stop-gap if Love falters and they need another year to find its future gunslinger.