This offseason has been pretty rough if you’re a Dallas Cowboys fan. While nothing has officially happened to weaken their roster, it looks like we’re only days away from that.

Needless to say, it’s been a tough time for silver and blue, which is frustrating considering this team went 12-5 last season and won their division. Winning the NFC East in our time is not something to be extremely proud of, but it is remarkable nonetheless.

As you well know, it’s been quite a week for the division, so much so that Brandon Gowton and I had to launch an emergency edition of the NFC East Mixtape. This is a unique podcast at SB Nation as it is available on each podcast network‘s home of the NFC East blog. You can listen to the episode just above here, but don’t forget to subscribe to the Blogging The Boys podcast network so you don’t miss any of our shows. Apple devices can subscribe here and Spotify users can subscribe here.

What exactly required an emergency episode? An old friend is back!

Washington COs traded for former Philadelphia Eagles (and Indianapolis Colts) quarterback Carson Wentz

Free agency doesn’t officially begin in the NFL until next week, but we’ve already seen some notable dominoes fall, particularly at quarterback. Aaron Rodgers is officially back with the Green Bay Packers and Russell Wilson has been traded by the Seattle Seahawks to the Denver Broncos. All told, none of these things will impact the Cowboys too much this season beyond having to visit Lambeau Field.

Wednesday, however, brought news about the quarterback that is sure to be a factor for Dallas as well as their division foes. The Washington Commanders traded for quarterback Carson Wentz! By “traded for” I mean they deliberately, intentionally, and consciously gave up assets in order to acquire it. Seriously.

With Rodgers and Wilson out of the fold, there was a general “don’t know” among NFL circles about who was the best quarterback option, but 100% of people were convinced it was. do not Carson Wentz. Consider that our friends at Hogs Haven said this was about the worst way their franchise could have “solved” their quarterback conundrum.

It was one of the worst results for Commanders in the 2022 QB search. They swung big on Russell Wilson, but he didn’t want to come here. Jimmy Garoppolo just had shoulder surgery, but he’s still expected to have interest and they didn’t want to wait to get their QB. The free agency market was led by Mitch Trubisky who should be paid more than he probably deserves, and Jameis Winston who looked better last season but is coming back from an ACL injury.

Carson Wentz had an up-and-down career with the Philadelphia Eagles after trading the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. he forces a trade last year. He has clashed with coaches and management, and is considered a self-righteous diva by some people in the league. His former OC in Philadelphia, Frank Reich, tried to bring him to the Colts last season. It cost them a 1st and 3rd round pick, and they didn’t get the results they expected.

Now Wentz can try to start his 3rd team in 3 years over in what will essentially be another trial period. Washington would pay his full $28 million salary this season, but nothing is guaranteed after that. If he plays to his potential, Washington will have a QB under control for two more seasons with an average cap of $26.5 million. If it goes out again, they can go on and start the QB search again.

In total, Washington traded his second-round picks to the Indianapolis Colts this year, gave up his third-round pick this year, and also gave up his third-round pick next year. Next year’s third can become a second round if Wentz plays 70% of the games for commanders in 2022, which would be great news for everyone else in the division.

In a vacuum, Wentz was honestly good/average last season for the Indianapolis Colts, but that’s not how you can rate it. That’s when you take into account that he’s now been let down by two teams in as many years and seen as a selfish person who lacks accountability and leadership. This total package isn’t a quarterback you want, let alone one you’d ditch the capital draft for.

Some Commanders fans rationalize the deal by noting that they were turned down by Russell Wilson. So the Eagles were for what it’s worth, you really hate to see it. But even if that’s true, the “upgrade” Wentz is for their team isn’t worth the price of admission. He’s a side talent at best for Jacoby Brissett, Teddy Bridgewater or even former Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton and they’ll all be available in free agency so they haven’t cost Washington’s draft picks. It’s not some kind of rivalry bias to say that this is one of the worst moves the COs could have made as a football team.

Since he’s now in Washington, the Cowboys will obviously see Wentz twice this coming season, but so will the Philadelphia Eagles, which will make for a great sight. Incidentally, the NFC East faces the AFC South this season, so Wentz also must face the newest team to trade for the Colts.

Wentz is 4-4 in a career against the Cowboys, but the first of those wins came in the 2016 regular season finale when Dallas had already locked down the number one seed and rested the players. was therefore not an authentic match. His most recent victory against the team came in a contest where the Cowboys had to see Ben DiNucci make his first career start at quarterback as a seventh-round rookie.

Welcome to the NFC East, Carson Wentz. Watch out for the benches.