5 emergency QB options if the Saints lose Derek Carr to injury in 2023

  • Cam Newton could spell relief if needed
  • Teddy Bridgewater is a viable option
  • Carson Wentz would be good in an emergency situation
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2. Carson Wentz

When Carson Wentz entered the NFL, there were some lofty expectations placed on his shoulders. The Philadelphia Eagles moved up in the draft to select the North Dakota Product at No. 2 overall and despite missing much of the offseason due to a shoulder injury, he started from Week 1.

Wentz led the Eagles to a 7-9 record as a rookie but it was his second campaign when he really took off. In 13 games, he had Philly sitting pretty at 11-2 and had thrown for 33 touchdowns and just seven picks. But then, a torn ACL ended his season.

That gave birth to a legend since Nick Foles took over and led the Eagles to their first-ever Lombardi Trophy. But despite outplaying Tom Brady, Foles was still the backup when Wentz returned. He even secured a contract north of $100 million in 2019.

But not even a calendar year later, the Eagles selected Jalen Hurts in the second round of the NFL Draft and he took over in 2021. Wentz has since become a bit of a journeyman, playing for Indianapolis and Washington the past two years. He led the Colts to a 9-8 record but two losses at the end of the year kept them out of the playoffs. He then couldn't hold the job down in Washington, going 2-5.

As of now, Wentz is without a home but his numbers are far from poor. He's thrown for 22,129 yards with 151 touchdowns and 66 picks. He's also 46-45-1 in his career. In an emergency situation, the Saints could do much worse.