There will be no excuses for Carson Wentz.
The Eagles’ franchise quarterback got paid on Thursday night, to the tune of a four-year extension worth a reported $128 million. And the expectation will be that the Eagles win — and win big — immediately.
Because not only did the Eagles pay Wentz, they have also put him in a great position to succeed.
Based on the talent around Wentz, if he can get back to his MVP-level play from 2017, there’s no reason the Eagles shouldn’t have a shot at another parade down Broad Street at some point in the next few years.
Take a look at notable players the Eagles have locked up for the next three seasons, through 2021:
(I didn’t include Derek Barnett in the list, but 2021 will be his fifth-year option season, so the Eagles can own his rights for the next three years too.)
The obvious takeaway from that list is that the offense is stacked. Imagine if the top three picks from this past draft class pan out. The Eagles would have found the guy to protect Wentz’s blindside for the next decade and two weapons who will thrive during his prime.
The other takeaway is that the Eagles might need to start drafting more defensive players at premier spots. But as far as Wentz is concerned, his offense is loaded with talent.
Having a quarterback taking up such a big chunk of the salary cap makes it harder to build a team around him. But with the four-year extension, Wentz’s six-year average per year is actually under $26 million per season. There’s a chance this deal ends up becoming a bargain if he turns back into the guy we saw for most of 2017. That was also the guy who had the Eagles in position to make their Super Bowl run.
With the talent assembled around him, it’s realistic to have similar expectations for at least the next few seasons.
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