Colts: Mike Tannenbaum’s explanation for ripping Carson Wentz trade doesn’t even make sense
When the Indianapolis Colts traded for Carson Wentz, it’s fair to say it was met with mixed reviews, with much of the criticism suggesting that it’d be hard for them to revive the former No. 2 pick after his decline over the last couple of seasons.
That’s certainly valid. It’s a big risk.
But the organization is banking on head coach Frank Reich’s guidance, since he was the offensive coordinator for Wentz’s rookie year and then his MVP-caliber 2017 campaign.
On the other hand, Indy is really only tied to him for two years.
He quickly becomes a cap casualty after 2022, and it probably makes the most sense to see what he’s got for the next two years, given the rest of this roster is built to win right now.
So, while we understand the risks, we’re not going to take nonsensical opposition to his move.
If you’re going to express displeasure with the move, at least have better reasoning than former NFL GM Mike Tannenbaum, who went on a huge rant shortly after the Colts made the trade with the Eagles.
Mike Tannenbaum’s reasoning for criticizing the Colts-Carson Wentz trade is senseless.
“When you give up two high picks like they did, you’re fully committing that this will be your quarterback for the next decade,” Tannenbaum attempted to explain.
Since when is a third-rounder and a conditional second-rounder enough to justify that you have to commit to a player for a decade? Look what the Eagles gave up for Wentz in the first place! Look at what the Ravens surrendered for Lamar Jackson. Shall we keep going? The Jets and Sam Darnold. Cardinals and Josh Rosen. Bills and Josh Allen.
Some worked. Some didn’t. But on what planet is this a prohibitive price to pay for an established NFL quarterback who will be getting better coaching, have more offensive weapons and adequate protection in the pocket? Wentz had none of that for much of his last three years in Philly.
Oh! Looks like Tannenbaum came around? Did he simply conduct a shred of research after putting out his ill-advised take on live television?
If Wentz doesn’t work out and it ends up costing Indy a third-rounder and a second-rounder, that’s probably better than using this year’s first-round pick and trading next year’s for an unproven draft prospect at the quarterback position. Wentz has the familiarity, the postseason experience, and the potential.
That’s exactly what the Colts need. All they have to do is fix him and do what the Eagles couldn’t.