In a move that came as a surprise to no one, Philadelphia Eagles decided to exercise the fifth-year option on quarterback Carson Wentz’s contract. This move will keep Wentz in Philadelphia through 2020 season.
Wentz is scheduled to earn $4.087 million in 2019, while his fifth-year option will earn him $22.783 million.
The move was confirmed on Eagles’ official social media.
Eagles took Carson Wentz second overall in 2016 NFL Draft and made him a starter in the first year. Wentz had a solid start of his professional career before embarking on a MVP-worthy run in 2017 when he led the team to 11 wins in 13 games. Unfortunately, his season was cut short in Week 14 game against Los Angeles Rams when he tore his ACL. This opened the door for his backup Nick Foles, who stepped in and took Philly to a Super Bowl win.
Wentz came back from injury in Week 3 of 2018 season, but failed to replicate his success and posted 5-6 record as the team’s starting QB before being shut for the season after Week 13 due to issues with a back injury. Foles stepped in once again and led the team to three straight wins that secured the Eagles an improbable playoff appearance.
Despite Carson Wentz’s struggles with injuries in his first three years with the organization, Philadelphia Eagles obviously still believe he is the franchise’s quarterback of the future. Besides exercising his fifth-year option, Eagles previously parted ways with Nick Foles, which once again made Wentz the undisputable No.1 option at QB position. It remains to be seen, however, whether he can stay healthy enough to enjoy it.
Wentz played 40 NFL games since coming to the league, completing 63.7 percent of his passes for 10,152 yards and 70 touchdowns.