We heard back in March that the Eagles were optimistic about a Carson Wentz extension, and that still seems to be the case. Appearing on the 94WIP Morning Show, executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said he’s still planning on extending the franchise quarterback.
“This is something that we are planning to do and if the deal is right for us, and the deal is right for Carson, we wouldn’t hesitate to pull the trigger on that,” Roseman said (via Andrew Porter of Radio.com). “That’s just the amount of confidence we have and we want to build this team knowing kind of what that piece is in place and go forward.”
The Eagles recently picked up the former second-overall pick’s fifth-year option, meaning Wentz will earn $22.783MM in 2020. However, that means Wentz is only under contract for two more seasons. With quarterback salaries continuing to rise, it’s only natural that the front office would look to extend their quarterback as soon as possible.
Wentz has battled injuries throughout his career, and he’s missed the past two postseasons as he dealt with ACL and back injuries. The organization made it pretty clear that they were ready to move forward with Wentz after they let former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles walk earlier this offseason. While some fans and pundits are wary of Wentz’s injury history, it doesn’t sound like the Eagles front office is all that concerned.
“I gotta be honest, I have so much faith in Carson Wentz,” Roseman said. “Obviously we put a lot on the line to draft him. He’s someone that we have total confidence. You see him around the building every day and he’s out on the field, it’s just—this guy is going to be a great player for the Philadelphia Eagles for a long time. This guy is going to be a great player for the Philadelphia Eagles for a long time.”
Wentz looked the part of a franchise quarterback when he was healthy in 2018. He finished the campaign with 3,074 yards and 21 touchdowns with a 69.6 completion percentage in 11 games. Despite his injuries, his on-field production has put him in line for a lucrative extension. After a few years of relative stagnancy, the quarterback market has transformed over the past year. With the Matt Ryan, Aaron Rodgers, and Russell Wilson extensions moving the AAV bar north of $30MM, Wentz would presumably be eyeing a similar deal. The longer the Eagles wait, the better chance there is of Wentz’s asking price increasing (assuming he stays healthy).
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