4 Commanders players trending towards draft bust status in 2023

(Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports) Dyami Brown
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Carson Wentz – Commanders QB

  • No. 2 overall selection (2016)

Carson Wentz might have a Pro Bowl appearance and a Super Bowl ring to his name, but this needs some context attached. The quarterback watched from the sidelines as Nick Foles led the Philadelphia Eagles to a Vince Lombardi Trophy and the No. 2 overall selection in 2016 is on a worrying career trajectory that could see him out of the league unless something drastic occurs.

Wentz has now blown two chances of making a better go of things elsewhere. His time with the Indianapolis Colts was a disaster and if his switch to the Washington Commanders represented a final opportunity, he couldn’t rise to the occasion.

One only has to examine how things improved when Wentz went out through injury as an example of this trade not panning out. For fans, they can relax safe in the knowledge he won’t be their problem for much longer.

Releasing Wentz ahead of time comes with zero financial repercussions in terms of dead cap. It also represents a saving of $26.17 million that can be better spent on improving other problem areas.

Considering Wentz was expected to be a franchise cornerstone, to get traded twice and find himself on the proverbial scrap heap after just seven seasons represents a major underachievement. One that leaves his long-term aspirations hanging in the balance as a result.