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Eagles brass admit Carson Wentz deal would be ‘extra difficult’ in 2020

The Philadelphia Eagles weren’t playing any games with Carson Wentz. The team wasn’t about to let their franchise quarterback’s contract become an issue, and they wasted no time locking him up. Back on June 6th, the Eagles locked up Wentz with a four-year extension.

Thanks to the fifth-year option on Wentz’s rookie deal they had him under team control through the 2020 season, so it was notable they got it done this early. Speaking on a recent podcast Jake Rosenberg, the team’s vice president of football administration, helped explain why, per Mike Kaye of NJ.com.

“It’s a huge thing to build up to,” Rosenberg said. “We started probably sometime early (2018) trying to prepare for it. The timing here, up against 2020, which is the last year on the CBA and has its own set of rules, is a little tricky and challenging. We got ahead of this in that we saw this coming. We knew that 2020, because of the rules, would make things extra difficult.”

Basically, the team wanted to get the deal done well in advance of the CBA expiring. The language in the CBA is extremely complicated, but Rosenberg described what will happen in 2020.

“It’s a capped year with very specific rules that actually make it more difficult with the way we talk about these cap tricks and little ways we have in creating space and kind of finagling things around. That’s much tougher in 2020.”

Essentially, the Eagles wanted to include some cap maneuvering to help lessen the blow of Wentz’s massive payday, and they wouldn’t have been able to do that if they had waited. Now, it’ll be interesting to see if other teams follow suit.

Rams quarterback Jared Goff is in the same year of his contract, and it’s fair to wonder if Los Angeles will want to pursue something similar. By all accounts, Wentz’s new extension is extremely complicated, and it’s safe to assume the Eagles know what they’re doing.