After signing a contract that will pay him the most guaranteed money in NFL history last week, Eagles franchise quarterback Carson Wentz met with the media on Monday, sporting a green suit and a big smile.
“It is still pretty surreal,” Wentz said. “It is still kind of sinking in a little bit.”
The deal ensures that Wentz isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The four-year extension, when added on to the two years remaining on his deal, means Wentz is under contract through the 2024 season.
Wentz said the opportunity to ensure that his future would be in Philadelphia with the Eagles, and not wait a year to try to increase his value, was too enticing to pass up.
“The fanbase is amazing,” Wentz said. “It is truly special to run into the Linc on Sunday and see those fans…I don’t think this culture or this city could fit me any better.”
While Wentz’s love for the city and fans is genuine, there is no denying the financial ramifications of the decision. Had Wentz waited a year, and played 16-games for the first time since his rookie season, he could have cashed in big time next season. The $107 million in guarantees could have easily topped $130-140 million.
For Wentz, however, both the timing and the deal made this the right time to sign the dotted line.
“Both sides wanted to get it done. I wanted this to be home for a long time. Ever since I was drafted it felt like home,” Wentz said to reporters. “When we found a win-win, I jumped at it because I love this place.”
By no means has Wentz’s time in Philadelphia been a smooth ride.
Drafted No. 2 overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, Wentz went from a red-hot start as a rookie to a 7-9 finish. He went from an MVP candidate in 2017 to on the sideline with a torn ACL as Nick Foles won Super Bowl LII. In 2018, he went from on the bench in Week 1, to 5-6 as a starter, to back on the bench as Foles took the team on another ride through the playoffs.
All of that, however, is now in the past. The Eagles are paying for future production from Wentz, and they are paying handsomely for it.
Now, it is up to Wentz to make both the team — and the fans — just as happy as he.
“By no means is the work done,” Wentz said. “We are just getting started.”