The Indianapolis Colts were hit with some very bad news at the start of training camp when starting quarterback Carson Wentz suffered a foot injury. While the team held out hope that he could recover, it’s just not going to happen. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wentz is getting surgery and will miss five to 12 weeks in recovery.
That’s not great for a team with Super Bowl aspirations and it’s even worse for Wentz who was hoping to rehabilitate his career in Indianapolis. The Colts could sit tight while he gets healthy or they could look to add a quarterback. The Las Vegas Raiders should be a team they give a call to. According to Mike Kaye of NJ.com, the Colts previously showed interest in Marcus Mariota and could do so again.
Mariota is set to be Derek Carr’s backup in Las Vegas. The Raiders could have plans to put Mariota on the field in some packages but that’s not a guarantee. Though it’s great to have a strong backup quarterback, the team would be smart to trade Mariota if the Colts make a good offer.
This time last year, stock on Mariota was not high. He was coming off a season with the Tennessee Titans in which he got benched in favor of Ryan Tannehill. He came to the Raiders to compete with Carr for the starting job and was completely outclassed in training camp. Things changed when Mariota was forced into the Week 15 game against the Los Angeles Chargers and ended up playing well.