Eagles working on contract extension for Carson Wentz
With Nick Foles enjoying life as a much richer man in Jacksonville, the Philadelphia Eagles are looking to lock up 26-year-old starter Carson Wentz. Monday, general manager Howie Roseman re-emphasized the team’s interest in extending Wentz’s contract and continuing to build around the quarterback, via Charean Williams of ProFootballTalk:
“We’re incredibly optimistic about the 2019 season,” Roseman said, via Dave Spadaro of the team website. “Having Carson here long term is our goal, and we’re working toward that.”
If the two sides are unable to come to an agreement on a deal, the Eagles are expected to exercise Wentz’s fifth-year option for 2020 before the May 3 deadline. This season, Wentz is scheduled to count $8.5 million against the salary cap.
Wentz has missed eight games over the past two seasons with injuries, including a torn ACL and LCL. Foles was under center for their Super Bowl win two years ago, as well as their loss in the second round of the playoffs this past season.
In 40 career games with the Eagles, Wentz has completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 10,152 yards and has thrown 70 touchdowns to 28 interceptions for a 92.5 passer rating. Last season, less than a year removed from his knee injury, Wentz completed 69.6 percent of his passes for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, seven interceptions, and a 102.2 passer rating before being shut down with a back injury.
The Eagles still have over $20 million in cap available after making several moves this offseason. They’ve kept Wentz protected by re-signing tackle Jason Peters and given him a new (old) weapon by bringing back former Eagle DeSean Jackson. They’ve also beefed up their defense by signing cornerback Ronald Darby, safety Andrew Sendejo and defensive end Vinny Curry. However, they did trade defensive end Michael Bennett and a seventh-round pick to New England for a fifth-round draft pick in 2020.