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Eagles sign franchise QB Carson Wentz to four-year extension

Eagles sign franchise QB Carson Wentz to four-year extension

The Eagles and quarterback Carson Wentz have agreed to terms of a contract extension through the 2024 season. The extension is for four years and worth $128 million, with over $107 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

Both the Eagles and Wentz have made it clear this offseason that both hoped to get a deal done, so it was considered just a matter of time before the deal was official.

Wentz posted the following message via Twitter:

What’s up Eagles nation? I can’t even explain to you how excited I am right now to be a part of this great city for this many more years. It means the world to me. From the moment I got drafted here, I knew this place was special, I knew they had the most passionate fans in the world, in all of sports, and I knew we had the opportunity to build something truly special and to be cemented here means the world to me.

If the deal does indeed average $32 million per year, it makes Wentz the fourth-highest-paid quarterback in the NFL based on average annual salary:

$35.0 million … Russell Wilson [through 2023]
$34.0 million … Ben Roethlisberger [through 2021]
$33.5 million … Aaron Rodgers [through 2023]
$32.0 million … Carson Wentz [through 2024]
$30.0 million … Matt Ryan [through 2023]

Wentz, 26, has missed the end of the last two seasons with injuries, but in 40 games he’s completed 64 percent of his passes with 70 touchdowns and 28 interceptions and a 92.5 passer rating.

Wentz’s 70 touchdowns are sixth-most in NFL history by a quarterback in his first 40 games, and his 28 interceptions are tied for the fewest among those quarterbacks.

His 10,152 passing yards are eighth-most by a quarterback in his first 40 games and his 64 percent completion percentage is 10th-best.

Wentz is one of only 13 quarterbacks to post a passer rating of 100 or higher in consecutive seasons. He’s also one of only six QBs with consecutive seasons throwing 20 or more TDs and single-digit interceptions.

His 102.0 passer rating since opening day 2017 is third-highest in the NFL among quarterbacks who’ve been starters both seasons, behind only Drew Brees (109.5) and Russell Wilson (102.1).

He was considered one of the leading MVP candidates in 2017 before suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Rams. Nick Foles went on to lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl title.

Wentz got hurt again last year, missing the last three games with a back injury and again Foles led the Eagles to the playoffs and a postseason win.

But the Eagles believe Wentz is the long-term answer at quarterback, and they let Foles leave for the Jaguars this past offseason.

Wentz has looked healthy and sharp during OTA workouts so far this summer.

He'll be 32 and finishing his ninth NFL season when this contract expires.

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Carson Wentz sits again, Josh McCown and JJ Arcega-Whiteside shine in Eagles' lightning-shortened preseason loss to Ravens

Carson Wentz sits again, Josh McCown and JJ Arcega-Whiteside shine in Eagles' lightning-shortened preseason loss to Ravens

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One quarterback was impossibly bad and another was impossibly good. And another one is just healthy.

Here’s your 10 instant observations from the lightning-shortened Eagles-Ravens preseason game Thursday night at the Linc, a 26-15 Ravens win that was called with 11:43 to go in the fourth quarter.

1. Best thing about this game? Carson Wentz didn’t get hurt. I know a lot of people think Doug Pederson should have played him at least a few series, and I understand the concerns about rust. But honestly, what’s the point? He hasn’t missed a snap in training camp, he just got two really strong days of work against a terrific Ravens defense in joint practices and he’s healthy and looks great. Remember, Wentz didn’t play in the last three preseason games his rookie year and then threw for 278 yards, two touchdowns and no INTs in his NFL debut against the Browns. After not playing in a month. As a rookie. If he’s rusty for a series or two against the Redskins — and I doubt he will be — it’s worth it to guarantee that he’s 100 percent healthy going into the game. Completely, absolutely worth it.

2. I would have cut Cody Kessler after he got sacked on 4th-and-3 in the first quarter. Doug Pederson gave Kessler every imaginable chance to succeed and to atone for his disappointing performances against the Titans and Jaguars, giving him the start with most of the starters. But a fourth-year quarterback — really no quarterback — can't let himself get sacked on fourth down. You have to have enough court awareness to at least throw the ball somewhere and give a receiver a chance to make play. Letting yourself get sacked is just giving up. Which is what the Eagles need to do now with Kessler.

3. Josh McCown got off to a little bit of a slow start, understandable for a guy who just came out of retirement and didn’t have OTAs or a training camp. His first five snaps were a fumble, three incompletions and a sack. But after that, holy cow. After that slow start he was 17-for-21 for 192 yards and two TDs — a sweet 20-yarder to JJ Arcega-Whiteside and 9 yards to tight end Alex Ellis. The 40-year-old McCown really saw the field well, made smart decisions and put the ball where he wanted. Considering that a week ago he was coaching high school football in Charlotte, it was a remarkable performance.

4. Put together instant observations Nos. 2 and 3, and there is absolutely no reason on Earth for Kessler to still be on the roster by the time you wake up Friday.

5. This is why I’m concerned about Jake Elliott. We know he has a huge leg — he’s made 52- and 53-yard field goals this preseason — but he’s also missed from 40 and now 41 yards, and those are kicks you just have to make. This is his third year with the same snapper and holder. Calm night. There’s just no excuse. Elliott got off to a slow start last year — he was 11-for-15 through the Carolina game — and then went 15-for-16 the rest of the way. So we’ll see. I’m not saying cut him or bring in other kickers for workouts. Just concerned. Just something to keep an eye on.

6. What Arcega-Whiteside did Thursday night — 8-for-104 and a terrific TD catch — is what he’s been doing every day since the start of OTAs. I know conventional wisdom is that with Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and DeSean Jackson he won’t play on offense. But knowing Pederson and having seen what this kid can do, I’m telling you, they’re going to find a role for him, even if it’s just situationally on third down or in the red zone. The kid can flat play.

7. Josh Adams has virtually no chance of making this team. But I give the kid credit. He’s gotten better. He’s made huge strides as a receiver, and instead of looking at Adams as a guy who led the Eagles in rushing last year but won’t make the 53-man rister this year, look at him as a 22-year-old second-year undrafted running back who’s getting better. Another year on the practice squad wouldn’t be the worst thing for the Bucks County native.

8. Forget Corey Clement’s rushing numbers. They were OK (7-25). More important than the stats, he looked quick, strong and healthy. Pederson doesn’t gameplan in preseason games, the Eagles had no passing game to speak of in the first half and the Ravens pretty much knew when he was running, so throw out the numbers. The main thing is he looked fine in his 2019 preseason debut, his first game since he tore his ACL last December. I know a lot of people don’t think Clement will have a major role on offense or that he is even in jeopardy of getting cut. Wrong and wrong. With his ability to block, run and catch — and play special teams — he’s going to have a role.

9. All Greg Ward has done since camp started is catch everything. He’s done it at practice, he’s done it in games, and to me he’s earned a roster spot. The Eagles obviously like the former Houston quarterback. This is his third training camp here. Here’s the thing: Mack Hollins is a better special teamer, and the biggest priority for a fifth wide out is special teams. But if a couple receivers get hurt, you’d rather have Ward available than Hollins. Then you see the Eagles acquire Rudy Ford on Thursday, and the third-year safety has played nearly 500 special teams snaps over the last two years, so that’s a move that’s made with special teams in mind. Also keep in mind that Hollins is an outside receiver and Ward is mainly a slot, and because of Arcega-Whiteside, the Eagles have more of a need for a backup slot. Hollins and Ward have value but in different ways. Interesting call for Pederson and Howie Roseman.

10. Did I forget to mention how bad Cody Kessler was?

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Eagles vs. Ravens live: Highlights, analysis from NFL preseason game

Eagles vs. Ravens live: Highlights, analysis from NFL preseason game

10:40 p.m.: They've called it. The Eagles lose a lightning-shortened game, 26-15.

10:13 p.m.: We have a lightning delay. There's 11:43 left in this game. 

Oof. 

10:03 p.m.: With a minute left in the third quarter, Clayton Thorson is in the game. 

9:54 p.m.: The Eagles just scored their second touchdown of the game. McCown threw a 9-yard pass for a touchdown and then the Eagles scored on the two-point conversion on a Josh Adams run. We’ve got a game! 

Still in the 3rd: Ravens 26, Eagles 15 

Stat update: Rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside has eight catches for 104 yards and a touchdown. He caught a ball basically off the ground during the last drive. 

9:36 p.m.: Beautiful toss from Old Man McCown to hit JJ Arcega-Whiteside in the end zone for a 20-yard touchdown pass. JJAW is having himself a day. He’s pretty good and he’s the Eagles’ fourth receiver. That speaks to their depth there. 

Still in the 3rd: Ravens 26, Eagles 7

9:08 p.m.: The Ravens just beat Jeremiah McKinnon for another touchdown. Rough game for him. Baltimore is up 26-0 and we have another half of this crap-fest. 

8:58 p.m.: Jake Elliott just missed a 41-yard field goal and this is something to keep an eye on. He’s now missed a 41-yarder and a 40-yarder this preseason, while he’s 2-for-2 on kicks of 50-plus. This is kind of what we’ve seen from Elliott during his career here. His short- and mid-range game isn’t always great, but he has the big leg for long kicks. 

8:40 p.m.: Trace McSorley just threw an absolute dime to Michael Floyd, who beat Jeremiah McKinnon on a 28-yard touchdown. Bad series for Josh Hawkins and McKinnon. At least the Eagles have enough CB depth without them this year. 

Still in 2nd quarter: Ravens 19, Eagles 0

Side note: John Harbaugh loves him some preseason. If the Ravens win tonight, it’ll be their 16th straight preseason win. OK, Harbs. 

8:33 p.m.: Josh McCown is still in the game but now he’s behind the second-team OL. Interesting note that Stefen Wisniewski is the second-team right guard and Nate Herbig is the second-team center. Wiz has really struggled with bad snaps this summer and it’s probably safer to have McCown out there with the youngest player on the team who hadn’t played center until this summer snapping him the ball instead of the seasoned veteran with a Super Bowl ring. 

8:29 p.m.: Daeshon Hall just drew a hold on a two-point conversion attempt. He keeps making plays this preseason. 

8:24 p.m.: After a 15-yard penalty on Marken Michel on the punt, the Ravens marched down the field to pick up a touchdown on a Trace McSorley run. 

The penalty isn’t a good thing for Michel; he needs to perform well on special teams if he wants to make this roster. 

And there were some missed tackles from some second-team defenders. That isn’t what you want to see. 

8:19 p.m.: The Eagles’ first-team defense is finished for the night early in the second quarter. They gave up 63 yards and 44 came on one play. Big plays killed them last season, so that’s less than ideal. Overall, though, they did a fine job on Thursday night. They gave up two field goals, but one came after Baltimore got great field position. 

8:10 p.m.: Nice TFL for Rodney McLeod on second down. He already has four tackles in this game. It’s his first action since September and he looks good. 

A few plays earlier, Rasul Douglas and Malcolm Jenkins ran into each other trying to make a tackle on a 44-yard play. 

This is the end of the first quarter. 

7:54 p.m.: Annnnd I’ve seen enough of Cody Kessler. 

7:48 p.m.: The Eagles gave up a field goal on their first defensive series after the Eagles’ offense turned the ball over on downs. Justin Tucker’s field goal range is from everywhere. 

When the Eagles went to their base defense, Avonte Maddox came out and L.J. Fort came in. 

It’s a great sign that McLeod is going to be ready for the start of the season. He’s very important to this team as that deep safety. The Eagles have some depth at safety, but no one really qualified to play that deep safety role like McLeod. 

Good first series from Brandon Graham, who snuffed out an end-around for a TFL. 

7:38 p.m.: Corey Clement gets the start and picks up a few quick runs. He looks good. That’s a good sign. He hasn’t played in a game since his knee injury in December. 

The Eagles came out in 11 personnel and then went to 12, bringing in Josh Perkins. 

 

7:35 p.m.: Good sign right before kickoff. 

7:09 p.m.: Looks like we'll see the starters for the first quarter, but no Carson Wentz.

7:02 p.m.: The Bodyguard is ready to go.

6:53 p.m.: Wentz is in uniform tonight, as he was last week.

6:10 p.m.: Brandon Brooks is out there. It's been a big week for the right guard, who still sees Week 1 as a possibility.

5:43 p.m.: Corey Clement is warming up and making one-handed grabs.

He's one of my 10 players to watch tonight.

5:23 p.m.: Josh McCown is here for his first game as an Eagle.

And he's apparently going to be thrown right into the action ... 

4:23 p.m.: I have arrived to the Linc!

And it sounds like at least some of the Eagles starters are going to play against the Ravens. That should be fun. 

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