Eagles, Carson Wentz agree to four-year, $128 mln deal
Li Xiang
The NFL's Philadelphia Eagles reached a four-year, 128-million-U.S.-dollar contract extension with their quarterback Carson Wentz on Thursday, reported ESPN's Adam Schefter. With this new deal, the Eagles will be able to keep the 2017 Pro Bowl player until 2024.
According to Schefter, over 107 million U.S. dollars of Wentz's extension is guaranteed, the largest in the league's history, outnumbering the guaranteed part enjoyed by Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks (107 million).
"Grateful for this opportunity and excited for the future!" tweeted Wentz.
Since he was selected by Philadelphia with the No.2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Wentz completed 379 passes in his first season, the most by a rookie. His 540 completed passes in the first 24 games in his career was also an NFL record. Moreover, Wentz surpassed Matt Ryan by finishing more than one touchdown pass with no more than one interception for 22 straight games.
Carson Wentz #11, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, makes a throw in the game. /VCG Photo

Carson Wentz #11, quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles, makes a throw in the game. /VCG Photo

Wentz had a breakout season in 2017. In the 13 games he played, he threw 3,296 yards with 33 touchdowns and seven picks. It was also in that season that the Eagles won the Super Bowl (LII) by defeating the New England Patriots, though Wentz did not lead the team because he suffered from a torn ACL.
The following 2018 season was not so smooth for Wentz who was suffering from a back injury. Philadelphia did not want risk making his injury worse and thus decided to clear the rest of the season for Wentz before the playoffs.
Despite that, the Eagles still believe that Wentz is their long-term answer and that's why they had picked up the fifth-year option of his rookie contract and gave him such a good deal on Thursday.
"I have so much faith in Carson Wentz. This guy is going to be a great player for the Philadelphia Eagles for a long time," said Howie Roseman, general manager of the Eagles, to SportsRadio 94WIP.