Has Carson Wentz Played His Final Down With the Eagles?

Carson Wentz‘s tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles has continued to unravel in the 2020 season. Wentz‘s porous play has pushed him out of the starting job with rookie Jalen Hurts getting the call. The question now becomes whether he has played his last snap with the Eagles.

Carson Wentz’s disastrous 2020 season

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Carson Wentz headed into the 2020 season, hoping to get back onto the saddle as one of the game’s top young quarterback talents.

Instead, Wentz’s production in nowhere near franchise QB status. He has completed only 57.4% of his passes for 2,620 yards with 16 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions, and he holds a 72.8 passer rating.

The 28-year-old hasn’t provided dependable production, which is a byproduct of his play and the talent around him. The Eagles have also given Wentz inadequate offensive line protection as he has been sacked a league-worst and career-worst 50 times this season.

The porous showing in the 30-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers last Sunday has now led to him losing his starting job ahead of Week 14 action.

Eagles shifting over to Jalen Hurts as the starter

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The writing has been on the wall for the last few weeks as the Eagles have struggled to find success with Carson Wentz.

The outside chatter has been building for head coach Doug Pederson to make a change under center. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Pederson has finally pulled the trigger by moving forward with rookie Jalen Hurts as the starter.

Hurts has played sparingly throughout the 2020 campaign, with much of his playing time coming in running situations. He has tallied 82 rushing yards on 17 attempts with three fumbles, all recovered by the Eagles.

The Oklahoma product received some extended playing time in the Week 13 loss to the Packers. Hurts completed 5-of-12 passes for 109 yards with a touchdown and an interception, along with 29 yards on five attempts. His first career touchdown passes came on an impressive 32-yard throw to wideout Greg Ward.

The decision should effectively make him the starter the rest of the season, barring injury. The Eagles have a tough uphill battle for the NFC East division title over the four remaining games. They can either snag a playoff berth through the division title or land a top-10 selection in next year’s draft.

The situation presents Philadelphia with an opportunity to see what they may have from Hurts as their potential long-term future.

Philadelphia may have a difficult path toward moving on

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The focus now shifts toward Carson Wentz’s long-term future with the Eagles.

Wentz inked a four-year, $128 million extension with the franchise in June 2019. The massive contract came about a couple of months after exercising the $22.7 million team option for the 2020 season.

The question becomes whether the Eagles can move his enormous deal that runs through the 2024 season. Philadelphia would have to take an unthinkable $59.2 million dead cap hit after this year. However, things do ease up after that point, as the franchise would take on a $24.5 million dead-cap hit in 2022 if they either traded or released him.

What these numbers suggest is that the Eagles are stuck with Wentz for at least another season. No possible move would ensure them a significantly less cap hit until 2022. If Jalen Hurts proves to be the answer under center, Carson Wentz will remain an extremely high-paid backup through the 2021 campaign.

The former Pro Bowler could have the opportunity to flourish as the clear-cut starter with another franchise, but that scenario will have to wait.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference. All contract numbers courtesy of Spotrac.