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Do the Eagles have the worst QB situation in the NFC East?

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Oh, how quickly do things change in the NFL.

Entering the 2020 season, Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was considered a franchise quarterback and Philadelphia's signal-caller of the future. Fast forward 13 weeks later, and the 2016 No. 2 overall pick has been benched in favor of rookie Jalen Hurts.

The Eagles aren't the only team in the division to have made a quarterback change this season, as the other three NFC East teams all have started at least two quarterbacks this season, for a variety of reasons.

But, as NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay said on the latest edition of The Huddle, no team has it worse in the division at the QB position right now than Philadelphia.

"I'm going to tell everyone who has the worst quarterback situation, and it's the Eagles," Finlay said.

The reason Finlay believes Philadelphia is in the worst situation isn't as much of a reflection on Hurts, as it is the amount of money the Eagles have invested in Wentz over the next half-decade.

"Listen, maybe Jalen Hurts is a star, I don't know. I like his talent, he was good at [Alabama]," Finlay said. "But they owe Carson Wentz $34 million next year."

In the summer of 2019, Wentz signed a four-year, nine-figure extension that hasn't even kicked in yet. If the Eagles wanted to move on from Wentz this offseason and fully turn over the offense to Hurts, they would lose a significant amount of money on the salary cap.

"You can't trade him. You can't cut him, it would cost them $60 million to cut him," Finlay said. "You are stuck with this gigantic four-year, $130 million contract extension for a guy you just benched."

 

In all likelihood, Wentz will be on the Eagles' roster in 2021 in one last effort to prove his worth in Philadelphia. 

Regardless, the Eagles have turned their quarterback situation into a mess that the other three teams in the NFC East will surely enjoy.

"I'm not gonna lie, I'm kind of going to enjoy the Eagles' house burn a little bit," Finlay said.