Things have gone from promising to anything but at training camp for the Indianapolis Colts, who began July practices with a ton of optimism for the 2021 season after having traded earlier this year with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire former second-overall pick Carson Wentz — reuniting him with coach Frank Reich in the process. That positivity came to a screeching halt when Wentz felt a “twinge” in his foot on a rollout, subsequently missed the team’s third practice, and now must see a specialist to determine the gravity of the injury and if surgery will be required, leading the team to give Brett Hundley a call.
Hundley has now signed with the Colts, the team announced Saturday, adding depth at what is now a position of need. It’s expected that second-year talent Jacob Eason will continue to take the first-team reps in the absence of Wentz, with rookie quarterback Sam Ehlinger serving as QB2. Hundley will enter with the hopes of driving competition in a way that could make the Colts rethink who gets reps and when.
Having recently met with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, Hundley left without a deal and his future in Indy will depend largely upon what he shows in camp and what the ultimate prognosis is on Wentz.
Hundley is a former fifth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers (2015) who spent three seasons with the team and failed to impress when given the chance at starter — due to a collarbone injury to Aaron Rodgers at the time. He was later traded to the Seattle Seahawks in 2018, in exchange for a 2019 sixth-round pick, but that stay was short-lived. Hundley would go on to join the Arizona Cardinals in 2019 on a one-year deal, backing up Kyler Murray one year after trying to do the same for Russell Wilson after having not been able to stick as Rodgers’ backup, and was serviceable enough to land another one-year deal in the desert for 2020.
The 28-year-old joins the Colts with a career record of 3-6 as a starter, having thrown for 1,902 yards and nine touchdowns to 13 interceptions. With the potential on Eason and Ehlinger, Hundley faces an uphill climb unless Wentz misses significant time.