As expected, the Philadelphia Eagles have picked up Carson Wentz’s fifth-year option.
Step one of keeping Carson Wentz on the Philadelphia Eagles for long-term is complete. As expected the Eagles’ front office has picked up the former second-overall pick’s fifth-year option. Eagles’ General Manager and Vice President of Football Operations Howie Roseman has made it quite clear that Wentz is going to be in Philly for a while, but they eventually have to agree to a long-term contract to make it official. As of right now though, a deal is not in place.
This week, the Eagles were on a deadline to pick up the option. The obvious move was to pick up the option now so they can buy time just in case they don’t agree to a long-term deal by next offseason. If that’s the case, then the Eagles won’t lose Wentz to Free Agency until 2021 regardless. Now, Wentz is on the payroll until after next year and his 2020 salary will be over $22 million, barring any changes.
Wentz was asked about his future with the Eagles a few weeks back as the team returned to the Nova Care Complex for voluntary workouts. Obviously, the four-year veteran is thrilled about his team wanting him to be around for the long-haul, but the quarterback wasn’t really open to discussing anything regarding his next contract, as expected. Since Wentz’s agent and the Eagles will be the ones to work out the numbers, the franchise quarterback can sit back and focus on football instead of how much money he will be making for the forthcoming years.
At this point, we all know that Wentz will get a long-term deal, but it’s just unclear when, and for how long. The Eagles could be waiting to see if he plays a full season or not in 2019. Or, they could be working it out right now in order to avoid a rapid increase in the desired salary in case Wentz ends up putting up another MVP campaign. We’ll find out soon enough.