Howie Roseman has complete confidence in Carson Wentz, so much so that he admitted publicly that the Philadelphia Eagles are planning on signing the franchise quarterback to a long-term deal.
"This is something that we are planning to do, and if the deal is right for us and the deal is right for Carson, we wouldn't hesitate to pull the trigger on that," Roseman told Angelo Cataldi and the 94WIP Morning Show on Tuesday. "That's just the amount of confidence we have, and we want to build this team knowing kind of what that piece is in place and go forward."
Roseman, after his one-year hiatus as Eagles GM, returned and move up twice in the 2016 NFL Draft to select Wentz. Through his first three NFL seasons, Wentz has had some ups and downs. He's missed the past two postseasons with injuries (ACL, back) and in 2017, Wentz was forced to sit and watch Nick Foles lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory.
While Wentz has become somewhat of a polarizing figure in Philadelphia, Roseman and the Eagles have not wavered.
"I gotta be honest, I have so much faith in Carson Wentz," Roseman said. "Obviously we put a lot on the line to draft him. He's someone that we have total confidence. You see him around the building every day and he's out on the field, it's just ... this guy is going to be a great player for the Philadelphia Eagles for a long time.
"Sometimes you get bias. I see my kids on the baseball field and sometimes I think they're the best players, so you're a little biased, but you look through it with rose-colored glasses. But that's how we roll here, and we couldn't be more excited about him and his future in Philadelphia. And he looks great, continues to work hard and we're excited about this season with him leading our team."
Earlier this offseason, Wentz received criticism in an article labeling him "selfish and uncomprosmising."
Wentz has since responded, admitting, "I realize like I maybe wasn't the greatest teammate at times because I was emotionally kind of all over the place."
Wentz's teammates also have come to his defense throughout the offseason. Most recently, Brandon Brooks backed his quarterback on 94WIP's Zero Fs Given Podcast, calling the article a "lie."
In three NFL seasons, Wentz has started 40 out of 48 games, completing 63.7 percent of his passes with 70 touchdowns and 28 interceptions. Wentz's best season with 2017, when he threw for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 13 games before tearing his ACL against the Los Angeles Rams.
By Andrew Porter