Carson Wentz has had a strange NFL career during his first four seasons. On paper, he is the starting quarterback of a Philadelphia Eagles team that won the Super Bowl just a few years back, but that doesn’t tell the whole story.
At 27 years of age, Wentz is a work in progress who is yet to show that he is one of the best quarterbacks in football. However, he is paid as though he’s a generational talent.
Carson Wentz’s career
A star at North Dakota St., Wentz was the number two pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. His arm and his ability to lead an offense made him a shoo-in for the NFL, and the Eagles wasted no time giving him the keys to the franchise’s offense as a rookie. The result was a mediocre season in which Wentz led the team to a 7-9 record with 16 touchdowns and 14 interceptions on 3,782 yards.
When 2017 hit, however, something changed in the quarterback. Wentz shook of the mediocrity of the previous season to have a star-making performance. The Eagles were 11-2 during the 13 games he played, but tragedy struck the quarterback near the end of the season. Wentz tore his ACL in a game against the Rams.
While the Eagles hoisted the Super Bowl trophy that year, Wentz had to watch his backup, Nick Foles, hoist the trophy instead of him.
Wentz missed more time in 2018, but his numbers recovered. While he might not be a generational quarterback, his numbers show that he’s still growing. 2019 was an exceptional year for Wentz, as he threw for over 4,000 yards on 27 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He made a pretty penny doing so, as well.
Carson Wentz as a star
Wentz is still just 27 years old. As such, his best days may be ahead of him. Coming off of his most productive season since the injury-shortened Super Bowl year, Wentz is the perfect candidate for endorsement deals across the country.
Wentz doesn’t stay in one lane. Several of the world’s biggest companies employ Wentz as a spokesperson thanks to his down-home charm and recognizability.
According to Eagles Wire, Wentz has appeared in ad campaigns for behemoths like Nike, Amazon, and Bose. Furthermore, he’s signed deals with Sanford Health, Sheels, BlackRidge, NRG, and Bobcat. However, he does not just try to make a name in football.
Deeply religious, Wentz is the face of The AO1 Foundation. With this foundation, Wentz provides people across the world with sports-based opportunities both in schools and after. He is big on getting young people involved in sports, not just because it could get them into the NFL, but it could teach them valuable life lessons.
The AO1 Foundation is a passion project for Wentz, and with the type of money he makes, it could get even bigger soon.
Making an obscene amount of money
Thanks to all the aforementioned money combined with a $128 million contract he signed in 2019, Wentz is a wealthy man. Although he might not be one of the 10 best athletes on the planet, he’s the tenth-highest-paid in the world, according to Forbes.
His deal included a $16.4 million signing bonus and $30 million paid in 2020. With a slew of young quarterbacks taking over the NFL, few are paid like he is now, and if he can prove to be worth that money, a bigger payday could come in four years.
Wentz shows just how much a quarterback is worth in today’s market. He’s made almost $60 million alone in 2020. Where he ranks among athletes can be debated, but one thing is for sure, Wentz is paid handsomely to lead the Eagles into the future.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference