Did the LA Rams let their future franchise quarterback walk in free agency?

Did the Rams make a bad move not bringing him back?
NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams v Detroit Lions
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The LA Rams had a former Super Bowl champion QB on the roster in 2023 named Carson Wentz. Did they make a mistake in letting him leave in free agency? With the end of Matthew Stafford's career surely in view, the Rams should have already begun trying to figure out who could replace him for the long-term.

If the Rams are hoping to eventually land a QB in the NFL Draft, that'd be a wise decision, and I think trusting Sean McVay and Les Snead with that is a great solution. Both are elite minds and surely know the type of QB to lead this team. However, drafting QBs is a total guessing game when it's all said and done.

And with the Rams having a win-now roster for the present and surely the future, acquiring and already-established QB could also be a realistic solution. Well, someone who is now seen as more of a backup QB may have been the perfect project for Sean McVay to restore, but he left in free agency for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Did the Rams make a bad move in letting Carson Wentz leave? Could Wentz, 32 in December, have actually been a realistic option for life after Matthew Stafford? Wentz is a former Super Bowl champion and MVP candidate with the Philadelphia Eagles, but his regression was something that no one saw coming.

For the 2021 NFL Season, he was traded from the Eagles to the Indianapolis Colts. And since leaving Philly, Wentz has thrown for 40 touchdowns against 17 interceptions for a 89.9 rating. During that stretch, he's completed 62.6% of his passes and has thrown 203 yards per game. His teams have gone 12-13 in his starts during this period.

If nothing else, Wentz could have been a high-end backup with some exciting QB1 moments. The former second-overall pick is set to backup Patrick Mahomes with the Chiefs in 2024, but should the Rams have brought him back?

Matthew Stafford is now in his late-30s and won't magically find the Fountain of Youth again. It's an unfortunate but legitimate discussion to have about life after Stafford, and that life may have left in free agency.