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Dan Orlovsky on Carson Wentz: 'Colts are more disappointed in the person than the player'

Matthew VanTryon
Indianapolis Star

Tuesday brought some seismic moves to the NFL, as Aaron Rodgers signed a historic deal with the Green Bay Packers and the Denver Broncos traded for Russell Wilson in a blockbuster deal.

Meanwhile, the Colts still haven't shown their hand when it comes to Carson Wentz's future as the team's quarterback. But ESPN's Dan Orlovsky has some thoughts — and they don't imply Wentz will be in an Indianapolis uniform next season.

"It seems the Colts are more disappointed in the person than they are the player," Orlovsky said on ESPN's "Get Up". "We've talked about Carson Wentz as a player. Some of the statistics say that for the most part of the season, he was a top-10 player, top five for a 12-week stretch, and the Colts were 9-3 in that stretch. The only two guys that were better QBR-wise were Aaron Rodgers and Justin Herbert. That doesn't happen by mistake ... It seems like they want a leader that is different."

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Chris Ballard addressed Wentz's future during last week's NFL Combine.

“Ultimately, you’ve got to have a guy you believe in, and you can win with,” Ballard said. “That will play some into it, but ultimately, we will make the decision that we think is best, both in the short and the long-term.”

Those words didn't inspire much confidence, Orlovsky said.

"He's not making this decision just emotionally," he said of Ballard. When he says that they're going to make the best decision for them now and the future. When I hear ‘the future,’ it makes me believe that Carson Wentz off the field or as a leader and/or person doesn't match the person that's on the field."

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But that begs the question, who else would be better? There's not an easy answer.

"It's really hard for me to sit there and think that there's available options that are incredibly better performance-wise than Carson Wentz, outside of Russell (Wilson) and Aaron (Rodgers)," he said. "That's why I think that they're more disappointed in the day-to-day person, in the locker room leader he must be. I don't want to be a jerk. It just seems like he must be a dud in the locker room for them to give up what they gave up for him and then also to have the performance on the field and go ‘Nope, it's time for us to move on.’"

In Wentz's first season with Indianapolis, the Colts started 1-4 before winning eight of their next 10 games and improving to 9-6. But the team lost its final two games of the season against the Raiders and Jaguars to miss the playoffs. 

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