That’s as a result of Indianapolis broad receiver Michael Pittman Jr. already has the quantity and, as he defined Monday, he’s of no thoughts to present it as much as his group’s presumed beginning quarterback.
“He in truth texted me about two hours after the scoop broke [of the trade], and he simply requested me how I felt about [the number],” Pittman stated of Wentz on NFL Community, “and I instructed him that I used to be going to stick. He stated that that used to be cool and that he would transfer numbers, and it used to be that straightforward. I imply, he used to be a kick back man about it, in order that used to be superior.”
In fact, avid gamers in quite a lot of sports activities were identified to pony up all kinds of dough to get their most popular numbers on new groups — and, on the subject of former Washington operating again Clinton Portis, just about long gone to courtroom over the problem. So Wentz, if he badly sought after 11, may probably dip right into a checking account fattened through a $128 million contract extension he signed with the Eagles.
Then again, when requested Monday through TMZ Sports activities concerning the risk that Wentz would possibly attempt to sweeten the pot, Pittman stated, “I don’t suppose there’s any deal this is going to be accomplished.”
“In truth, I wouldn’t really feel proper taking cash from anyone over a soccer quantity,” the 23-year-old receiver added, “so I’m beautiful certain that I’m set in it.”
Apparently, Pittman wasn’t even set at No. 11 till simply prior to the beginning of ultimate season, his first with the Colts when they made him the 34th general pick out within the 2020 draft. Whilst starring at Southern California, he wore No. 6, then to begin with donned 86 during the Colts’ coaching camp.
Indianapolis broad receivers, regardless that, have one thing of a convention of dressed in numbers between 10 and 20, so Pittman in the end opted to float. Whilst his 2020 statistics — 40 catches for 503 yards and one landing — weren’t as eye-popping as the ones posted through any other rookie broad receivers ultimate season, his mixture of ability and measurement (6-foot-Four, 223 kilos) gave the Colts reason why to get excited for larger issues to come back.
Wentz had a comparably worse pass of it whilst dressed in 11 ultimate season, as he posted career-low marks in finishing touch share (57.Four), interceptions (15), interception share (three.Four), yards consistent with try (6.zero), passing yards consistent with sport (218.three) and passer ranking (72.eight). Via the complex metrics at Soccer Outsiders, Wentz had the poorest efficiency in 2020 of any NFL quarterback who threw no less than 200 passes. He thus arrives in Indianapolis with a number of questions, yet no less than he can resolution certainly one of them smartly prior to the season begins, when he chooses a brand new quantity.
With NFL quarterbacks restricted to numbers beneath 20 — which Wentz wore in highschool — we all know he can’t have 18 or 19, as a result of the ones have been retired through the Colts in honor of Peyton Manning and Johnny Unitas, respectively. As with Pittman’s 11, a number of different numbers are already getting used, even though a pair may turn into to be had following the unfastened company length and no longer all Indianapolis avid gamers may well be as adamant about conserving theirs because the second-year broad receiver.
The Indianapolis Famous person guessed that Wentz would possibly pass with 2, which is to be had and may constitute a numerical connection of types between the 20 and 11 he in the past wore. If he turns his profession round dramatically beneath Colts Trainer Frank Reich, the Eagles’ offensive coordinator when Wentz used to be at his easiest, the quarterback may even turn into the best NFL participant to ever put on No. 2. Via some accounts, good-but-not-elite Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has the most powerful case for that honor.
For now, regardless that, Indianapolis would most certainly accept Wentz merely taking part in as successfully as he did from 2017 to 2019, versus the disastrous shape he confirmed ultimate season.
Pittman sounded pleased with the addition of the 28-year-old quarterback, telling NFL Community, “I feel that it’s superior, as a result of we get a man who’s younger, we get a man who has a large arm, a man who’s a confirmed man, and a man that led his group to a Tremendous Bowl. So I feel that he’s nice for us.”
Referring to Wentz’s broaching of the jersey quantity topic, Pittman stated, “He didn’t attempt to press me, or anything else like that. He requested me very respectfully, and I simply liked him for that. I feel he’s an ideal dude, as a result of a variety of guys together with his standing, they might are available and, like, call for stuff like that.”
“It used to be a win for me,” Pittman added with a giggle.