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Report: Eagles still believe in Wentz, plan to keep him past 2020

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The Philadelphia Eagles may not be starting Carson Wentz at quarterback this weekend, but that doesn’t mean they’ve given up on him just yet.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Eagles still have “every intention” of retaining Wentz despite his struggles this season. The team is still holding out hope that he can return to form, even as rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts gets the start against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

Wentz, 27, leads the NFL with 15 interceptions and 50 sacks taken in 2020, posting career lows in completion percentage (57.4%), passer rating (72.8) and passing yards per game (218.3).

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The Eagles are in the midst of a four-game losing streak ahead of Sunday’s contest against the NFC-leading Saints, turning to Hurts looking for a spark after he took over for Wentz midway through last week’s game against the Green Bay Packers.

Philadelphia signed Wentz to a $128 million extension in June 2019 that tied him to the organization through the 2024 season. According to Schefter, the Eagles must make a final decision on Wentz’s future by mid-March, when his $22 million base salary for 2022 becomes fully guaranteed and a $10 million roster bonus for 2021 kicks in.