Carson Wentz was able to force himself out of Philadelphia after coach Doug Pederson sat him for rookie Jalen Hurts, but he won’t be able to force his way into jersey No. 11 with the Indianapolis Colts. Wide receiver Michael Pittman says he isn’t giving up ELEVEN. His exact words to TMZ were, “I am number 11. I don’t think there’s any deal that is gonna be done.”
According to Pittman, his new quarterback wasn’t heartbroken over the number — “I spoke to [Carson] and he was just seeing how locked in I was to #11, and I told him I was locked in — and he was like, ‘That’s cool, bro, because I’m probably gonna switch anyway.’”
But, all jokes aside, which number will Wentz wear and if we could wager on it, what would the odds look like? We went to Johnny Avello, Director of Race & Sports Operations at DraftKings Sportsbook to see.
Brissett has #7 but he may or may not be with the team next year (dependent on Wentz), Eason has #9 (he’s sticking around), the punter Sanchez has #8, Harris the wide receiver has #12, Hilton has #13, Pascal has 14. He did wear 11 in college but 20 in high school, but can’t wear that either. So it feels like 2, 6, 7, 10 or 15 or 16.
Over 8 ½ -120
Under 8 1/2 EVEN
Wentz grew up wanting to be like Brett Favre, who has cornered the market on jersey No. 4. Would he want to put himself up against Favre in that way? Maybe. His favorite team growing up was the Minnesota Vikings. Fran Tarkenton was before his time, but the No. 10 might be a good homage back to his roots. But again, Favre had a nice run with the Vikings as well with his No. 4 still intact.
As for aesthetics, the No. 16 will always conjure up the great Joe Montana, while No. 13 puts you right into the Dan Marino head space. T.Y. Hilton has No. 13 now, but could very well be on his way out the door in free agency. Of course, grabbing his jersey number while it’s still sweaty from a Colts legend might not be the best move.
We can forget about No. 18 and 19, as Peyton Manning and Johnny Unitas have those numbers hanging from the rafters.
He could look to go as inconspicuous in his choice as possible. The No. 2 hasn’t been christened with a great player, as the best quarterback to wear it is Matt Ryan. You have to go back to Paul Hornung to find greatness for the No. 5. No. 6, well, Jay Cutler? Six would be a good spot to stay under the radar and maybe land on a “Best No. 6 quarterback of all time” blog post!
Whichever number he chooses, it will be a fresh start, which is what landing in a good spot like Indianapolis is for Wentz. We’ll see if he can bring some shine to whatever his new number is, but if I could take the bet, I’d be hitting that under 8.5.