Report: Expect Carson Wentz to remain an Eagle in 2021 originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Eagles have no plans to get rid of Carson Wentz this offseason, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning, quoting anonymous sources within the Eagles’ organization.
Schefter wrote that the Eagles “still believe in Wentz,” despite benching him in favor of Jason Hurts.
Schefter quoted a team source as saying: “None of this changes the belief that people have in Carson.”
Doug Pederson benched Hurts in the third quarter of the Eagles’ loss to the Packers Sunday at Lambeau Field and designated Hurts as the starter for Sunday’s game at the Linc against the Saints.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported Sunday morning that internally the Eagles expect Hurts to remain the starter for the final four games of the season.
But nonetheless, the Eagles want the message out there that Wentz isn’t going anywhere.
That is a logical assumption, and I explained why here.
As bad as Wentz has been this year – and he ranks last in passer rating, yards per pass and interception ratio among all NFL quarterbacks to start at least 10 games – he was the NFL’s 6th-highest-ranked quarterback from 2017 through 2019, and the massive four-year, $128 million contract extension he signed in June of 2019 doesn’t even kick in until next year.
Even if the Eagles could find a team willing to trade significant assets for Wentz, which is hardly a lock considering his consistently poor performance this year, he would cost about $33.8 million in dead money under their 2021 cap. If they keep him his cap number will be about $34.7 million.
Cutting Wentz is not a realistic option. If the Eagles released Wentz they would take on about $59 million in dead money.
The Eagles are 3-8-1 with a four-game losing streak going into their game against the Saints.
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