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Philadelphia set to pay Carson Wentz over $100M in guaranteed money

Carson Wentz

Carson Wentz, in case his team hadn’t already made it abundantly clear this offseason, is officially entrenched as the Philadelphia Eagles’ franchise quarterback of the immediate present and long-term future. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Wentz has agreed to a four-year, $128 million contract extension with the Eagles that contains a whopping $107 million worth of guarantees.

Wentz’s amount of guaranteed money is the same recently awarded to Seattle Seahawks superstar Russell Wilson, though his extension is actually $12 million richer in total.

At 26 years old, Wentz is barely on the cusp of his NFL prime, with the best years of his career seemingly yet to come. Considering how effective he’s been when healthy over his first three seasons with the Eagles, it’s safe to say the team is making a prudent bet on the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Wentz, out of small-school North Dakota State, showed consistent signs of promise despite struggling overall as a rookie, starting 16 games en route to 3.782 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. He established himself as an elite starter in his sophomore season, throwing for 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in the first 13 games of the 2017 season before tearing his ACL in December.

Likely leading the MVP race at the time of his injury, Wentz ceded control of the Philadelphia offense to backup Nick Foles, who went onto lead the Eagles to their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in franchise history while winning Super Bowl MVP honors. In 11 games last season, Wentz threw for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions while completing a career-best 69.6 percent of his passes.

The Eagles released Foles, who they could have traded, earlier this offseason, a show of good faith that also cemented Wentz’s status as the team’s franchise signal-caller.