After watching Jon Jones’ triumphant return to UFC, if you’re like most of us, you were reminded of how sudden things can change at professional sporting events. Philadelphia Eagles fans on the East Coast and everyone else on this side of the country stayed up late to watch some mixed martial arts mastery. They were instead treated to a scheduled five-round affair being halted in the first stanza. It may not have happened as quickly, but if you’re looking for an NFL comparison, look no further than Carson Wentz.
Taken second overall during Round 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft, Wentz has seemingly ‘tapped out’ himself. Once seemingly destined for stardom, he neither declined nor took steps backward. He simply fell off of a cliff.
A nice offering during his rookie affair gave way to a near-MVP-winning season during his sophomore campaign. Now, it all appears to be over, and he doesn’t even have a playoff win to show for it. Peter King, in his Football Morning in America column, took a trip down the “rabbit hole” on Monday… Those are HIS words.
Peter King offers a blistering account of former Eagles star Carson Wentz’s downfall.
These days, it feels like continuing to make mention of Carson borders on cruelty. It’s like we’re kicking a man when he was down, but he can be hard to ignore sometimes.
A once-promising career is in shambles, and as much as we’d like to end all discussions of him, we keep finding ourselves peeking whenever he’s mentioned. Then, there’s Peter King’s involvement. He’s one of those guys that you feel like you have to pay attention to.
King’s take is one of honesty. He throws some of those Jon Jones-style jabs as well.
"Question is, how much will Wentz allow himself to be humbled? Will he be a backup that helps the starter? Will he be a selfless teammate? The tables have turned for him, radically… Wentz, before injuring his knee in December 2017 in the Eagles’ Super Bowl season, was a strong contender to win MVP. Today he’s on the street at 30, and no team would consider him as a potential starter in 2023."
King talks of the enormous amount of money that Wentz made and his last three stops in the NFL, but it’s his last statement that hammers the proverbial nail into the proverbial coffin.
"Even though Wentz was on his way to a great season before injuring his knee in 2017, he could never repeat it and in fact regressed. I’d argue that no player in NFL history has cost so much and delivered so little."
It’s a simple but simultaneously complex statement. Wentz traveled to Indianapolis for the most recent NFL Combine to demonstrate he was still available, but seemingly, no NFL team was interested. Instead, discussions are about guys who have yet to play a down at the professional level.
Anthony Richardson and C.J. Stroud stole the show, and for Carson Wentz, the show is over unless, of course, the XFL or USFL is interested and Carson can swallow his pride and accept any potential offers to play spring football. We’d advised against holding your breath in anticipation of some humility though. That just isn’t consistent with his mental makeup or who he is.