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Eagles sign Carson Wentz to lucrative four-year, $128 million extention

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Eagles sign Carson Wentz to lucrative four-year, $128 million extention

Carson Wentz just got PAID.

The Eagles gave Wentz a four-year, $128 million contract extension Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. $107 million of the deal is guaranteed. 

The Wentz extension continues the Eagles' trend of locking up key players long-term. However, this deal certainly comes with some risk. 

Wentz has missed significant time to injury recently, most notably tearing his ACL at the end of the 2017 season, watching from the sidelines as Nick Foles led Philadelphia to a Super Bowl title. He also missed five games last year, sustaining a back injury near the end of the season. 

Wentz has proven he can play close to an MVP level when healthy and clicking. But his health, as the last two seasons have shown, is a major question. 

And in the greater context of the NFC East, the Eagles locked up Wentz long-term, Dak Prescott is likely next with the Cowboys, and the Redskins and Giants drafted their QBs of the future in Dwayne Haskins and Daniel Jones, respectively. For now, the QB situation in the division looks quite clear. 


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Eagles QB Carson Wentz once got caught watching game film on a date

Eagles QB Carson Wentz once got caught watching game film on a date

Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is just a rookie, but he's already a workaholic. Luckily, longtime girlfriend Melissa Urich understands. 

According to the New York Post, Wentz and Urich are high school sweethearts who plan to marry. She's apparently used to his all-work ways. 

While she won’t hesitate to take his cellphone away during date nights — he was caught watching game film under the dinner table — she understands how much her boyfriend is dedicated to his craft.

Smarts and hard work go hand-in-hand explaining Wentz' early success in the NFL. 

“I told the NFL scouts, if you ask [Wentz] to work 60 hours, he’s going to work 80 hours," North Dakota State offensive coordinator Tim Polasek told CBS Sports in March. "In that off time, he’s going to be with his two companions -- his dog and he’s got a significant other [girlfriend].”

In that same CBS piece, Bison head coach Chris Klieman raved about Wentz' intelligence. 

“His ability to process information is second to none. He’s a 4.0 student. His memory is just unbelievable.”

No quarterback in the NFC East has played as well as Philadelphia's rookie. Granted the NFL season is one two weeks old, but Wentz has some impressive stats. 

To recap, he's the first rookie QB to start the season 2-0 without a single turnover. He also threw more than 30 passes in each of those games, racking up 468 yards and three touchdowns with a 60% completion rate. 

The Redskins will face Wentz first on October 16 at FedEx Field, then travel to Philadelphia for their second matchup on December 11. 

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AFC North: Not drafting Carson Wentz is another QB decision Browns could regret

AFC North: Not drafting Carson Wentz is another QB decision Browns could regret

As the Ravens prepare for Sunday’s road game in Cleveland, plenty of Browns fans wish Carson Wentz was their starting quarterback.

It’s not a certainty that the Browns made a mistake by trading down in April, instead of drafting Wentz at No. 2. But it’s trending that way.

Wentz looked very impressive in his NFL debut, leading the Eagles to a victory over the Browns. Meanwhile, the NFL future of Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III has never looked more uncertain after his latest injury.

That leaves the Browns with 37-year-old Josh McCown as their starting quarterback against the Ravens, and Cleveland still with no franchise quarterback.

The Browns have collected draft picks, but collecting victories won’t be easy until they find a long-term quarterback.

How did Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger look picking apart the Redskins on Monday? Roethlisberger has two Super Bowl rings, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has been a Super Bowl MVP, and Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton has led his team to five straight playoff seasons, despite his post-season struggles.

Everywhere else in the AFC North except Cleveland, the quarterback position is stable.

Browns coach Hue Jackson said the organization wasn’t second-guessing itself for not drafting Wentz.

“No we haven’t,” Jackson said Monday at his press conference. “That’s one thing I can tell you for sure has not happened. He (Wentz) had a good game, a great game if you guys want to term it that, and I respect that. He’s a fine young man and they have good coaches and a good organization, and he is going to do well for them, but that was one game…We’ll look back and see where is he over a period of time.”

But after just one week of a new season, the Browns find themselves in a familiar spot at the bottom of the AFC North, with no long-term solution at quarterback.

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