The Philadelphia Eagles have locked in their franchise quarterback.
Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a four-year contract extension, with the deal being as much as $128 million that includes guarantees of more than $107 million. That guarantee eclipses that of Seattle’s Russell Wilson, who had signed a four-year deal worth $140 million, with $107 million guaranteed.
Wentz’s new deal set the record for the most guaranteed money ever given to an NFL player.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft posted a short video on Twitter with his reaction to the news.
“What’s up Eagles Nation?!” Wentz said. “I can’t even explain to you how excited I am right now to be a part of his great city for this many more years. It means the world to me. From the moment I got drafted here, I knew this place was special. I knew they had the most passionate fans in the world in all of sports, and I knew we had the opportunity to build something truly special here and to be cemented here for this much longer means the world to me. I want to thank my good Lord and savior Jesus Christ first and foremost for just giving this opportunity and these blessings. I want to thank my wife. She’s been my rock. She’s been my biggest supporter throughout all of this. My friends, my family as well. I want to thank Jeffrey Lurie, Howie Roseman, coach [Doug] Pederson, the entire organization, all of my teammates for supporting me. It’s going to be a fun ride. By no means is the work done. We’re just getting started. This year is going to be special, and I look forward to seeing you guys on Sundays at The Linc this fall. Thanks again. God bless. And go Eagles!”
Not many will understand why the Eagles would give him this type of money with his past two seasons being marred by injury.
Wentz was a legitimate MVP candidate in 2017 before sitting due to injury. He dominated in all phases, but was particularly great on third-down plays that year, where he led all QBs in passing grade (93.3), big-time throws (15), yards per att. (9.5), and passer rating (123.7).