Article by: Kevin Eagleson
The Philadelphia Eagles have locked in their franchise quarterback for the foreseeable future after signing Carson Wentz to a four-year extension. Philly fans have a lot to be excited about, as they have one of the league’s most promising young quarterbacks under contract through the 2024 season. Quarterback controversy has surrounded the team for the past two seasons, but it appears the Eagles have finally committed to their quarterback. In the long run though, did they make the right decision?
Carson Wentz’s extension is worth $128 million, including a league-high $107.9 million in guaranteed money. Despite the huge numbers, the mega-deal could actually turn out to be a steal for the organization. Following his rookie season where Wentz played all 16 games, the former second overall pick has had trouble staying on the field. Wentz missed five games due to a torn ACL suffered at the end of his second season, and missed the end of his third season due to a back stress fracture. However, while Wentz has been healthy, he has proved to be one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and has been in MVP contention. Coming off back-to-back injury filled seasons, the Eagles were able to resign Wentz for just about a good a deal as they could hope for. While there is risk in signing an apparent injury prone quarterback, if Wentz is able to stay healthy and return to his MVP-caliper play, the contract will be one of the best values in the league in recent history.
In order to fully commit to Wentz, the Eagles had to also let go of their Super Bowl MVP quarterback, Nick Foles. Foles proved he had what it takes to be an elite quarterback during a magical Super Bowl run where he took over for the injured Wentz. Foles appeared to be a better fit in the Eagle’s offense than Wentz, and most importantly, he knew how to win. The following season, Foles once again stepped up to replace Wentz and lead the Eagles to another playoff berth, and was a dropped pass away from making another deep-playoff push. The Jacksonville Jaguars awarded Foles' success with a four-year $88 million contract with $50 million guaranteed. His four-year deal looks like a bargain compared to Wentz’s, but at the end of the day the Eagles were willing to pay premium for Wentz’s youth and potential.
Overall, the Eagles made a promising decision committing to their franchise quarterback, and their future looks bright. The organization finally committed to their franchise quarterback, and signed him to what will likely one day be considered a legendary agreement.
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