NFC East Rumors: Wentz, Eagles, Redskins

More details have emerged on Carson Wentz‘s contract. The deal, which stands to tether the quarterback to the Eagles through 2024, contains a $16.4MM signing bonus and a 2020 team option, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. This $30MM option will serve as a bonus and thus be spread in $5MM installments through the duration of the deal (for cap purposes), Joel Corry of CBS Sports notes. But Wentz will receive all of that cash in 2020, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia notes. The Eagles must exercise that option by the 10th day of the 2020 league year, Yates tweets. Interestingly, if the Eagles decline the option, Wentz’s 2020 base salary morphs from $1.383MM to $31.383MM. As could be expected based on the franchise’s sizable commitment to its starting passer, the parties have already agreed that option will be picked up, Zangaro adds. As far as the 26-year-old quarterback’s new base salaries, they are as follows: $720K in 2019, $1.383MM in 2020, $3.9MM (2021), $18.5MM (2022), $18MM (2023) and $21MM (2024), per Yates.

  • Trent Williams remains at odds with the Redskins, with issues related to his contract and the team’s handling of his offseason medical issue coming between the parties. The nine-year veteran tackle underwent another procedure this week. This was, however, believed to be a minor cleanup related to the growth on his head, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.
  • The Redskins’ running back group is deeper than it was last season, with Derrius Guice set to debut and Bryce Love arriving via fourth-round pick. While it’s not certain how much Love will be able to contribute as a rookie, due to his December ACL tear, the new cogs joining Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson may spell trouble for Samaje Perine. The third-year player, though, may have a chance to stick around as a fullback. “We tried him there a couple of times a couple of years ago,” Jay Gruden said, via J.P. Finlay of NBC Sports Washington. “I’m sure that he could probably do it. That’s an option, but he’s also a tailback in his mind and he wants the ball. Push comes to shove, if we need to have a fullback and he’s the only one here, then he surely could do it because he’s got the power to do it.” However, Gruden added Elijah Wellman and J.P. Holtz are more natural fits for this job, putting Perine’s roster spot in peril.
  • Washington made some adjustments to its staff this week. Cole Spencer and David Whittington will transition from college scouts to national scouting roles. Spencer previously served as the Redskins’ southeast area scout, which is notable due to the number of Alabama players on this roster. Northeast area scout Matt Evans will take over in Spencer’s former role in the southeast. Spencer has been with the Redskins for 10 years, while Whittington and Evans sport 11 and six years, respectively, with the organization. Additionally, the Redskins plucked a Pro Football Focus staffer, Connor Barringer, to become their football strategy analyst. It appears the team is beefing up its analytics commitment.
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8 comments on “NFC East Rumors: Wentz, Eagles, Redskins

  1. crosseyedlemon

    Additionally, the Redskins plucked a Pro Football Focus staffer, Connor Barringer, to become their football strategy analyst.

    I guess all those hours of playing Madden Football on the Playstation are about to pay off.

  2. JJB0811

    Nothing can illustrate the phony cap as much as this line: 26-year-old quarterback’s new base salaries, they are as follows: $720K in 2019, $1.383MM in 2020, $3.9MM (2021), $18.5MM (2022), $18MM (2023) and $21MM (2024).

    Simply put, the Eagles paid high dollar in bonuses, thus eliminating a cap hit until 2024. They don’t even have to ‘kick the cap hit down the road’.

    When you can pay a MVP level QB a hair north of $5m on the books for the next 3 years, its a joke. Again, I’m happy for the players and the teams are happy to pay. But stop bringing up cap ramifications for new contracts.

      • JJB0811

        Name 1 team that has been penalized, other than the Skins and Boys in the non-capped year, in 25+ years of cap ‘penalties’. It isn’t wizardly, it’s a sham. But as I said above, I’m happy for the players, just stop feeding me baloney on the cap situations of the teams.

        • crosseyedlemon

          I agree with you that the current salary model needs to be overhauled. The top 3 players get to eat close to 25% of the pie while the other 50 players on the roster have to fight for the remaining scraps. Maybe there should be a separate pool for QBs. It’s a bad model when 4 or 5 players have to be asked to restructure their contracts so the team can accommodate their QB.

  3. ChiSoxCity

    Ridiculous how much money these QBs are getting. Particularly Wentz, who can’t stay on the field.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I came across an article several years ago that made a very convincing argument that QBs are terribly over valued. The author of the piece provided a list of the top 20 single game pass performances from the previous five years. The numbers were impressive but only 8 of those efforts resulted in wins. In the case of Wentz his top 9 passing performances have all resulted in Eagle losses!

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