The Carson Wentz saga has reached another inflection point. This time, the moment is wrapped in even greater uncertainty than the former MVP candidate has previously faced in his NFL career.
It is halfway through June and Wentz, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft by Philadelphia, is in sort of a NFL limbo, or perhaps better described as an involuntary free agency after being cut by Washington, which was his third team in three seasons.
Virginia sports betting customers might well be interested in where Wentz will play next.
Wentz’s Stock Has taken Major Fall
Wentz was a star with the Eagles until injuries and a confounding deterioration in his play sent him first to Indianapolis and then to Washington on career way stops. He reportedly still wants to play in 2023. ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that, in his attempt to find a new home in the league, Wentz has been working in Tampa with former Buccaneers and Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, who is something of an NFL exile.
Wentz is working on his passing and studying film as he waits for a phone call.
Using the trade rumor mill and current QB depth charts, BetVirginia.com – your home for the best Virginia sportsbook promos – developed hypothetical odds of who might make that phone call and offer Carson Wentz are landing spot for the 2023-24 NFL season.
Carson Wentz Next Team Odds
Which Team Do We Deem Most Likely?
Highest on the list are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have been assigned an 18.2% chance of signing Wentz. In moneyline terms, that’s +450 odds.
With former Bucs quarterback Tom Brady now transitioning to his post-playing aspirations of team ownership and broadcasting, Tampa Bay’s quarterback fortunes are ostensibly in the hands of Baker Mayfield. But the former No. 1 overall draft pick’s playing reputation was dinged during stays with Cleveland, Carolina and the L.A. Rams.
The Bucs made the playoffs in all three years that they had Brady, including two division titles and their Super Bowl triumph in the 2020 season, but BetMGM Virginia Sportsbook has them listed as the longest shot to win the NFC South in the 2023 season, at +550 odds.
Depending on Tampa Bay’s confidence in Mayfield -- and it’s hard to imagine they’re brimming with confidence – then Wentz might be the safety net the Bucs need.
The next likely team candidate for Wentz in our hypothetical odds is the Green Bay Packers, who are given a 16.7% chance (+500 odds). However, Jordan Love is the designated quarterback of the future for the Packers. Love is in the unenviable position of replacing Aaron Rodgers, now with the New York Jets. The Packers invested a first-round pick in Love in 2020 but, in three seasons, he has had little playing time (50-for-83 passing, three TDs, three interceptions).
Others Who Might Consider Wentz
Tied for third as far as crystal-balling Wentz’ future are the Las Vegas Raiders and the Arizona Cardinals (both 14.4%, +600). The Raiders are hitting the reset at quarterback with the oft-injured Jimmy Garoppolo, whose record as a starter is a sterling 40-17 when he has been able to play. The Cards have who they considered a franchise QB, Kyler Murray, but he’s the epitome of a mobile quarterback and he is recovering from a serious knee injury.
Further down the list is Cleveland (11.8%, +750), where the Browns gave away their future in the trade for Deshaun Watson; and Buffalo, which has a genuine MVP-type quarterback in Josh Allen. Wentz would be a backup in either place.
Finally there is the ever-popular “other” option at 15.6% (+540), which takes on an actual identity when injuries occur. You won’t find these odds at Virginia sportsbook apps, only at BetVirginia.