The Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz have agreed to terms of a contract extension through the 2024 season. The extension is for four years and worth $128 million, with over $107 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Both the Eagles and Wentz have made it clear this offseason that both hoped to get a deal done, so it was considered just a matter of time before the deal was official.
Wentz posted the following message via Twitter:
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What's up Eagles nation? I can't even explain to you how excited I am right now to be a part of this great city for this many more years. It means the world to me. From the moment I got drafted here, I knew this place was special, I knew they had the most passionate fans in the world, in all of sports, and I knew we had the opportunity to build something truly special and to be cemented here means the world to me.
If the deal does indeed average $32 million per year, it makes Wentz the fourth-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL based on average annual salary:
$35.0 million … Russell Wilson [through 2023]
$34.0 million … Ben Roethlisberger [through 2021]
$33.5 million … Aaron Rodgers [through 2023]
$32.0 million … Carson Wentz [through 2024]
$30.0 million … Matt Ryan [through 2023]
Wentz, 26, has missed the end of the last two seasons with injuries, but in 40 games he's completed 64 percent of his passes with 70 touchdowns and 28 interceptions and a 92.5 passer rating.
Wentz's 70 touchdowns are sixth-most in NFL history by a quarterback in his first 40 games, and his 28 touchdowns are tied for the fewest among those quarterbacks.
His 10,152 passing yards are eighth-most by a quarterback in his first 40 games and his 64 percent completion percentage is 10th-best.
Wentz is one of only 13 quarterbacks to post a passer rating of 100 or higher in consecutive seasons. He's also one of only six QBs with consecutive seasons throwing 20 or more TDs and single-digit interceptions.
His 102.0 passer rating since opening day 2017 is third-highest in the NFL among quarterbacks who've been starters both seasons, behind only Drew Brees (109.5) and Russell Wilson (102.1).
He was considered one of the leading MVP candidates in 2017 before suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Rams. Nick Foles went on to lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl title.
Wentz got hurt again last year, missing the last three games with a back injury and again Foles led the Eagles to the playoffs and a postseason win.
But the Eagles believe Wentz is the long-term answer at quarterback, and they let Foles leave for the Jaguars this past offseason.
Wentz has looked healthy and sharp during OTA workouts so far this summer.
He'll be 32 and finishing his ninth NFL season when this contract expires.