4. Carson Wentz
It seems unlikely, but never say never. The Colts could trade for Carson Wentz.
A Carson Wentz/Frank Reich reunion would likely be mutually desired. Wentz has been a player who is very up and down and was benched last season for rookie Jalen Hurts. However, Wentz can still play at an elite level if given the proper coaching and situation. Since the LeSean McCoy trade, the Eagles haven’t had that playmaker on offense save for Zach Ertz, who could be on the move as well.
Wentz struggled last season and the quarterback situation in Philly turned out in favor of Hurts. Former Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni is now the current head coach as Doug Pederson was ousted just a few years after an incredible Super Bowl win against the New England Patriots. Sirianni is right, the two players currently under contract for the quarterback are top-notch players who can both start.
However, unlike Darnold, Wentz carries a monster contract that goes against everything Ballard stands for. During the 2019 offseason the Colts were rumored to be making a move for wide receiver Antonio Brown, but nothing came of it. Ballard made it very clear that the only way he’d sign free agents or make trades was if it made sense for both sides, a breath of fresh air after Colts fans are still mad about the Trent Richardson trade under former Colts general manager Ryan Grigson.
The Eagles would be hit with nearly $60 million in dead cap if they choose to release Wentz, which is why a trade is more likely. Currently, the 2021 cap hit would be nearly $35 million, a big increase from the $25 million Rivers had. This scenario seems the most unlikely.