Chiefs Sign Veteran QB Carson Wentz to a 1-Year Deal

Carson Wentz with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017
Carson Wentz with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017. Photo by Jevone Moore/Cal Sport Media/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9274758dd)

Reigning Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs got themselves a new backup quarterback. According to multiple reports, the Chiefs have signed veteran signal-caller Carson Wentz on a one-year deal.

Wentz spent the first half of the 2023 NFL season unsigned before joining the Los Angeles Rams in Week 10 to serve as a backup to Matthew Stafford. Wentz played in two games, including a start in the regular season finale against the San Francisco 49ers, and finished the campaign with 163 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and one TD on the ground.

The Chiefs have been on the market for a new backup quarterback after Blaine Gabbert, who filled the role last year, became a free agent. In Wentz, they now get arguably the most accomplished backup in the QB position in the Patrick Mahomes era.

Carson Wentz entered the NFL in 2016 as the second overall pick by the Philadelphia Eagles. Wentz had a breakthrough season in 2017, putting himself in the NFL MVP conversation before a torn ACL in Week 14 ended his campaign.

Wentz returned to action in 2018 but was never the same player again. After three more underwhelming seasons in Philly, he started for the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Commanders, but was released on both occasions after just one season.

Wentz’s career stats in the NFL include 62.7% pass completion rate, 22,292 passing yards, 153 passing touchdowns, and 67 interceptions.

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