Carson Wentz has had a career filled with endless potential and boundless “What ifs?” On paper, he is the starting quarterback of a team that won the Super Bowl without him after injury, but there’s much more to the story. After years of struggling to regain form, however, the Eagles finally chose to start Jalen Hurts in front of Wentz. As a result, his future in Philadelphia is questionable and complicated.
Carson Wentz’s roller-coaster ride
It might seem like a lifetime ago that Wentz was one of the most highly-sought-after quarterbacks, but he first entered the league in 2016. His impact was felt on the team almost immediately. Yes, Wentz struggled to find the end zone, throwing 16 touchdowns against 14 interceptions, but the intangibles of a great quarterback were there.
Then, during his second year, Wentz showed every bit of the superstar potential promised of him. He led the team to an 11-2 record through the first 13 games before an injury took him out for their eventual Super Bowl run. Wentz watched and cheered his team on as Nick Foles threw them to an unlikely Super Bowl win.
Despite Foles’ Super Bowl pedigree, however, the team settled on Wentz as the quarterback of the future. He secured that role and had an effective 11-game season after the injury. Wentz threw for 3,000 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions during his partial season. He followed that up with another good season, with 4,039 yards, 27 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. However, the team hovered around .500 every time he played.
However, after 12 games as the starter during the 2020 season, Wentz looked worse than he ever had before. His completion rate was down to 57%, his 16 touchdowns were almost matched by 15 interceptions, and the team sat at a 3-8-1 record. To add insult to injury, Wentz’s massive four-year, $128 million contract doesn’t kick in until next year, details Spotrac. This makes people wonder what his future is like.
The Carson Wentz conundrum
Behind the scenes, rumors arose from the Eagles’ locker room that they were fed up with Wentz’s antics. The always passionate quarterback reportedly tends to let his ego get the best of him and lash out in ways that others view as arrogant. However, former Eagles offensive coordinator Fred Reich was asked about Wentz in the locker room and nothing but positive words about his former quarterback. He told radio station WFAN per Bleeding Green Nation:
“There’s just few people in this league that I think [more] highly of than Carson. I know him very, very close. And I’m not just saying this to defend him, and I don’t need to defend him, his teammates are doing that quite well. But this guy is a humble guy. This guy is a competitor, though. He knows what he wants. This guy is a leader. This guy has so much stinkin’ juice, it’s unreal.”
Reich acknowledged that the passion could often be viewed as arrogance but thinks that the stubbornness all comes down to his desire to win the game.
“[He’s] one of these elite quarterbacks that, what I used to be [impressed by is] he didn’t care one thing about stats,” Reich said. “Like, at the end of the day, I love that about him. The two years that I worked with him, at the end of the day, he’s not a guy who’s checking his stat line because he wants to make sure he’s breaking this record. All he wanted to do was win. And ultimately that’s what told me more than anything else.”
Whatever the case may be, the team is looking toward former college superstar Jalen Hurts for the foreseeable future. Now, the question is, what will become of Carson Wentz in Philadelphia.
What are the Eagles’ options?
The Eagles have many choices with their star quarterback, details ESPN. They could let him sit on the bench and eat away at the cap space when his extension kicks in next year. This is the least likely outcome. Another option would be to trade Wentz away and try to get some assets. If they did so, however, they might do so at a loss. They could theoretically cut him, but this early in a contract, that appears unlikely.
The Eagles and Wentz are at an impasse. The man who was once the future of the Eagles now appears to be a relic of the past. However, Wentz could use that passion to change things if Hurts does not show immediate potential. The rest of the season, as well as the ensuing months, could be what dictates Wentz’s football career from here.