By Tom Brennan

There is a reason the NFL really stands for:


The Indy Colts had planned to take a quarterback in next month’s draft with the 21st pick.

Then the Eagles screwed up the Carson Wentz situation so badly that they had to trade him even if it meant getting hammered with $34 million dead cap charges.

So the he Colts ended up trading for Wentz, who had been the No. 2 overall pick in 2016.

“There’s no doubt [G.M.] Chris [Ballard] and I talked about that, and Mr. [Jim] Irsay, the three of us have talked about that together,” Colts coach Frank Reich told Albert Breer of SI.com about drafting a QB.

“That’s what you shoot for. So that’s the vision. When Andrew [Luck] retired, we were looking for that long-term vision, what’s the next answer? First, was it going to be Jacoby [Brissett]? Jacoby did a nice job, and ultimately as highly as we thought about Jacoby, we didn’t feel like that was the long-term answer. And then, obviously, Philip was a great answer, but just the short answer. And then he retired.

“Was it going to be a draft pick? Honestly, I think Chris and I were thinking, somehow we were going to figure out how we were going to be able to draft the quarterback of our future. And then this thing came with Carson and it fell into our laps. And that’s the great thing about it, when it works that way, it almost makes you feel like it’s more meant to be because you can’t make this stuff up and you can’t manufacture it. “

Wentz is only 28 and finished third in league MVP voting in 2017, so the Colts may have found their quarterback of the future. Wentz, reunited with Reich in Indianapolis, needs this to work but so, too, do the Colts.

Otherwise, the Colts’ search for a franchise quarterback begins all over again.

“Now it’s our job as a team, as an organization to make it work,” Reich said. “And so, yeah, there’s no doubt we feel like Carson can be the long-term answer.”

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