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A closer look at the details of Carson Wentz's new contract

A closer look at the details of Carson Wentz's new contract

Updated: 1:29 p.m.

Carson Wentz’s contract extension includes $137.25 million in new money over the next six years, according to figures from ESPN’s Field Yates, with incentives that could increase the total value to more than $153 million.

The most interesting component of the deal is a $30 million club option for 2020 that the Eagles will exercise in March of 2020 and acts as a bonus for salary cap purposes.

According to former NFL agent Joel Corry, who writes about NFL contracts for CBS Sports, that $30 million is spread out over five years for salary cap purposes but is paid to Wentz entirely in 2020.

That $30 million would be spread out over five years at $6 million per year from 2020 through 2024.

In the event the Eagles don’t exercise the option, his $1.383 million base salary in 2020 turns into a $31.383 million base salary. The decision to trigger the option has already been made as part of the negotiation.

Yates on Wednesday morning tweeted out some other details of the contract, which seen as a five-year contract covering 2020 through 2024 is worth about $24.2 million per year.

According to Yates, the deal includes a $16,367,683 signing bonus, base salaries of $720,000 in 2019 (the base from his rookie deal), $1.383 million in 2020, $3.9 million in 2021, $18.5 million in 2022, $18 million in 2023 and $21 million in 2024.

The deal also includes roster bonuses of $8 million in 2020, $10 million in 2021, $1,000 in 2022, $5 million in 2023 and $5 million in 2024.

Yates also reported the the contract allows Wentz to earn up to $16 million more in incentives and escalators.

According to published reports last week, the contract includes $107 million in guaranteed components, but from the details available so far there’s no way to tell exactly which salary components that $107 million figure includes.

Combining the six years of base salaries at $63.503 million, the $30 million option bonus, the roster bonuses at a combined $28.1 million, and the signing bonus of $16,367,683, the deal has a total value of $137,970,683, or about $23 million per year over the full six years.

Based on the available information, Wentz's cap numbers would be a minimum of $3.99 million in 2019, $12.653 million in 2020, $23.17 million in 2021, $27.771 million in 2022, $32.27 million in 2023 and $32 million in 2024.

Those figures do not include likely-to-be-earned incentives, because we don't know the breakdown of the incentives yet.

Because bonuses only pro-rate over five years, the signing bonus pro-rates from 2019 through 2023 and the option bonus from 2020 through 2024. 

NBCSports Eagles reporter Dave Zangaro contributed to this story.

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Pitt runs Philly Special to snap UCF's winning streak

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Pitt runs Philly Special to snap UCF's winning streak

The Philly Special will never die, it appears.

Friday night, NFL Network named the mind-boggling touchdown pass from Trey Burton to Nick Foles in Super Bowl LII the 10th greatest play in NFL history.

Saturday, Pitt football used a version of the play to pull off a big upset over No. 15 UCF, who came into the contest with a 27-game non-bowl game winning streak, the longest in the FBS.

On 4th-and-3, wideout Aaron Mathews found QB Kenny Pickett for the score. Alex Kessman's extra point gave Pitt the lead. 

Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said after the game on ESPN that the play call was "Pitt Special."

I'm not sure any football fans will ever think of that play as anything other than the Philly Special, but give credit to Narduzzi and his team for a gutsy call and perfect execution. 

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Eagles add wide receiver Greg Ward, place Jordan Mailata on IR

Eagles add wide receiver Greg Ward, place Jordan Mailata on IR

With DeSean Jackson out for Sunday and Alshon Jeffery questionable, the Eagles on Saturday signed wide receiver Greg Ward from the practice squad to the active roster.

To make room on the 53-man roster, they placed second-year offensive tackle Jordan Mailata on injured reserve for a second consecutive year with a back injury.

This is Ward’s first time on a 53-man roster, but he’s been in camp with the Eagles the last three summers and gotten better each year.

Ward is mainly a slot receiver, so if he does get on the field on offense Nelson Agholor would be outside. 

Earlier this week, Ward spoke about how he prepares, regardless of if he’s going to play or not.

“Honestly, I stay ready every week, because you never know,” he said. “Whenever my name is called, it’s called. If it’s not this week, if it’s not next week, I’m still going to prepare like I’m playing  every single week. It doesn’t really matter to me.”

Once the Eagles practiced Wednesday without adding an outside receiver it seemed like a lock that Ward would get the promotion, because he was able to practice all week and get the same reps whether he was on the 53 or the practice squad.

Without Ward, the Eagles had only three healthy receivers on the roster — Agholor, Mack Hollins and JJ Arcega-Whiteside.

Ward, a quarterback at Houston, first joined the Eagles in 2017 and spent the season on the practice squad. He was in camp again in 2018, then spent this past winter in the Alliance of American Football, catching 22 passes for 214 yards in eight games. When the AAF folded, he rejoined the Eagles.

Ward caught six passes for 87 yards and a 38-yard touchdown from Clayton Thorson in the preseason.

He was released with the final roster cutdown and signed to the practice squad as soon as he cleared waivers.

As for Mailata, it was really the smartest move for the Eagles, since the only alternative was releasing a player they didn’t want to release.

Depending on how he’s doing and depending also on other injuries, he would be a candidate to rejoin the 53-man roster after eight weeks on IR.

Mailata, like Ward, has never played in an NFL game.

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