There was a huge debate surrounding the Philadelphia Eagles after they won the Super Bowl to end the 2017 season about who should be the teams quarterback going forward. Carson Wentz was coming off of a season in which he was the favorite to win the MVP award but then he missed the last part of the regular season and all of the postseason after suffering a knee injury and then of course Nick Foles went on to lead them for the rest of the season and they went on to win the Super Bowl.
Then, last season, Wentz was leading the Eagles and they were not playing at nearly the same clip as the year before and Wentz would eventually miss the rest of the season with a back injury. Foles would then lead the team into the playoffs again and they would win a playoff game before bowing out to the Saints in the divisional round.
Well when the Eagles decided to let Nick Foles walk in free agency their plans became abundantly clear and it was the plan that everyone thought would be the plan all along and that was to go with Wentz, and then today the team signed him to a new four-year contract extension worth $107 million guaranteed.
Despite the injuries that he has suffered so far in his career this deal is worth it to me. There is some risk involved of course because of the injuries that he has dealt with, but overall he will only make $25.7 million per year over the six years that he’s signed for and if he is able to regain his health and start playing even close to the level he was playing at in 2017 he will be well worth it because he was the leading candidate for the MVP that season in my opinion.
Philadelphia must be confident in Wentz’s ability to stay healthy from here on out too because they probably would not be giving him this type of long-term deal if they were really afraid he was going to get injured.
If he can regain that form the Eagles will actually have a decent amount of cap space to work with and won’t be as strapped for cap space as some teams tend to be after they give their quarterbacks extensions. That’s why I’m a fan of this deal.
Of course if he is not able to stay healthy this will be a horrible contract, but like I said, the Eagles have to be confident in his health going forward.
In three seasons Wentz has played in 40 games and the team is 23-17 with him under center. During that time he is completing 63.7% of his passes for just over 10,000 yards, while throwing 70 touchdowns to only 28 interceptions. He also led the league in quarterback the season that he missed the end of with the knee injury.
The next step will be for him to prove that he can stay healthy for a full 16 games because he has yet to do so after his rookie season because if he can the Eagles are in a position to be dangerous this season.
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