Eagles and QB Carson Wentz have agreed to terms on a brand new 4-year $128M extension, with $107M guaranteed, most money ever guaranteed to an NFL player. His total contract now is 6-years $154M. Locked up until 2024. Eagles making a long term commitment to their franchise QB. But is Carson Wentz worth this contract?
Wentz was the number two overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. After Eagles traded up from 13 to 8, then 8 to 2, to select the North Dakota St. prospect. He came out red hot to start his rookie season. Putting up a 3-1 record, 7 touchdowns to only 1 interception, and was PFF’s highest graded QB. Then he came back down to earth and had an up and down rookie year. He finished with only 16 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. He also added 2 rushing touchdowns. He completed 62.4% of his passes and had an NFL rookie record for total completions. Also had 3782 yards. Overall it was an OK rookie season for Wentz. He had a very poor group of weapons around him with an inconsistent defense and rookie head coach, it was hard for a rookie QB to come in and dominate in that situation. They went through some obvious growing pains. That offseason they surrounded Wentz with some talent. He had to come into year 2 with a lot to prove. He responded greatly. Putting up 33 Touchdowns and only 7 interceptions and led the Eagles to an 11-2 record and was well on his way to winning the NFL’s MVP award in just his second season. Then a devastating knee injury in a Week 14 win against the Rams ended his season. Wentz would suffer a torn ACL and LCL in his knee. He would then have to rehab it throughout the entire off-season. Wentz would come into year 3 with HUGE expectations. Nick Foles would take over in 2017 and the first two weeks in 2018 while Wentz recovered. During that time Foles helped the Eagles win their first EVER Lombardi trophy. The pressure was on for him to keep up the dominant player from 2017. He came back in Week 3 vs the Colts and looked shaky. Numbers were solid, but you can definitely see the affects from his knee injury. He was not as mobile and did not step into his throws as much. Also, in Week 6 vs the Giants, Wentz would suffer a fracture in his back that he would play through for 8 weeks. Before he was told to sit the rest of the year to prevent farther damage. Wentz had an okay year 3, the numbers look really good, 21 touchdowns 7 interceptions and an outstanding passer rating of 102.2 passer rating and a 69.6% completion. Both records for a 3rd year QB.
The talent is there with Wentz, he has shown he can be an elite QB in this league. He is a great athlete, great arm, super smart, and a good leader. His main knock is his health. Both injuries came on freak plays, he tried diving for the endzone, and the back injury came from a late hit. It is not like he was hurt on a routine play.
Carson Wentz is getting paid like the talent he is. A very talented QB. If he stays healthy, he will show everyone why he got this contract. I believe he is deserving of this new deal and will prove to everyone he is. Wentz is the future of this franchise and will be back in the discussion next season as one of the best QBs in the NFL, like he was in 2017. That talent does not just go away, especially at a young age. Congratulations, Wentz, you deserve this.