Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard isn’t happy with the fact that the team’s season came to an abrupt end after their Week 18 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville on Sunday afternoon.

The Colts needed a win to get into the playoffs. Instead, they suffered a 26-11 loss to the 3-14 Jaguars, who will be picking No. 1 overall in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft.

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Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) is congratulated by Kylen Granson (83) and Eric Fisher (79) after scoring on a 67-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor (28) is congratulated by Kylen Granson (83) and Eric Fisher (79) after scoring on a 67-yard touchdown run during the second half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, in Indianapolis.
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“I won’t sit up here and make excuses at to why we got our a– beat in Jacksonville because that’s what happened. We got our a– beat,” Ballard said on Thursday during a season-ending press conference, via Pro Football Talk.

Ballard continued: “Don’t like to lose. It’s not acceptable. And we won’t accept it.”

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Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts looks on in the second quarter against the Chicago Bearsof the Indianapolis Colts  at Soldier Field on Oct. 4, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.

Head coach Frank Reich of the Indianapolis Colts looks on in the second quarter against the Chicago Bearsof the Indianapolis Colts  at Soldier Field on Oct. 4, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.
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The Colts will need to make a handful of decisions this offseason. The team won’t have a first-round draft pick because they traded it to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Carson Wentz.

Ballard admitted that he thought he made the right decision acquiring Wentz last offseason, but the general manager won’t commit to Wentz as the team’s starter heading into next year.

“At the time, we felt it was the right decision,” Ballard added. “I’m not going to make a comment on who is going to be here next year and who is not.”

FILE - Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly watches a replay during the team's NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 14, 2021, in Indianapolis.

FILE – Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly watches a replay during the team’s NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Nov. 14, 2021, in Indianapolis.
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For the 2022 season, Wentz is expected to make $28.3 million. The Colts could save $13.3 million in cap space by potentially cutting him, which means they would have a dead cap number of $15 million. 

The Colts could try to trade Wentz, but it’s unlikely that any team would take on his contract. If Indianapolis moves on, it will be interesting to see who the team goes after in free agency to replace him.



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