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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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ESPN unveils new 2020 projections with Super Bowl chances, playoff predictions

ESPN unveils new 2020 projections with Super Bowl chances, playoff predictions

With June almost here, we're a little more than three months away from the start of football, which means it's time to fire up the arguments about which teams will dominate the 2020 regular season.

ESPN unveiled its 2020 Football Power Index rankings on Tuesday, an analytics-based look at all 32 teams, and no one should be surprised by the No. 1 team, defending champion Kansas City. Good for Andy Reid.

But outside the top two teams - the Chiefs and the No. 2 Ravens - it's clear ESPN's rankings believe the NFC is the stronger conference, with six of the top eight teams hailing from the NFC.

Including, you guessed it, the Eagles.

The Eagles rank No. 6 in the league, according to ESPN, one year after they won the NFC East despite a rash of injuries and setbacks. It feels fair: the Birds didn't even reach the Divisional Round of the playoffs, but this year they'll (hopefully) be healthy and ready to make some noise.

The problem for Eagles fans, however, comes when you look one spot above the Eagles to No. 5 and find... the Cowboys.

Rough.

ESPN's projections basically have the Eagles and Cowboys in a dead heat - which is fair - but they give Dallas the slight advantage instead of the Birds, an interesting decision considering the ways both teams finished their respective seasons last year.

Here's a look at a few of ESPN's more interesting projected stats:

5. Dallas Cowboys
Projected wins: 9.3
Chance to reach playoffs: 69%
Chance to win NFC East: 48%
Chance to win Super Bowl: 4.8%

6. Philadelphia Eagles
Projected wins: 9.1
Chance to reach playoffs: 66%
Chance to win NFC East: 44.7%
Chance to win Super Bowl: 4.3%

ESPN's Seth Walden explained Tuesday that the relative consistency in Dallas's offensive personnel, plus the addition of Mike McCarthy as the team's new head coach, gives the Cowboys the advantage.

It's certainly an explanation. 

One might imagine that, given the teams' fairly even offseasons, these projections would take recent history into account and give the Eagles the slight upper hand. Alas, it's the other way around.

I know I'll gladly take the coach with a more recent Super Bowl win, and the team with the more recent division championship, until proven otherwise.

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Jalen Reagor’s mom fires back at ‘old man’ Skip Bayless

Jalen Reagor’s mom fires back at ‘old man’ Skip Bayless

If you thought Jalen Reagor’s response to professional takesman Skip Bayless was great, his mom’s response was even better. 

Bayless was bloviating on TV recently when he said he thought the Eagles’ taking Reagor at No. 21 was “a silly pick, because there were four, five other receivers I would've taken over Jalen Reagor.” 

That’s pretty much the same thing he tweeted just after the draft. 

She called Bayless an old man and told him to watch the Reagor show. Pretty good. 

Reagor has since deleted his more subtle response to Bayless, but mom’s response is probably good enough to stand on its own. 

This is where it’s worth pointing out that Bayless doesn’t mind getting people riled up at him; in fact, it’s part of his brand. So mom’s retort was great but it’s also the kind of response he likely wants. 

By the way, the players Bayless mentioned he would have taken instead were: 

Justin Jefferson: 22nd
Brandon Aiyuk: 25th 
Tee Higgins: 33rd 
Michael Pittman Jr.: 34th 

While Bayless is correct that Reagor went earlier than many draft experts expected, that doesn’t mean it was a bad pick. To me, Jefferson was always the higher floor player and I’ve already said plenty of times that he would’ve been my pick. But I am also able to admit Reagor is a really explosive player who might have a higher ceiling. Both things can be true. And just because something isn’t popular doesn’t mean it’s bad. Remember when the Eagles made an unpopular move to hire Doug Pederson as their head coach? Yeah, it can work out. 

That’s a rational take on the situation. But that wouldn’t get ratings or a reaction from a 21-year-old’s mother. 

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