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Carson Wentz contract extension could be coming

Eliot Shorr-Parks
March 25, 2019 - 7:36 pm

ARIZONA — The Eagles have made plenty of moves this offseason on both sides of the ball and plenty of more moves are coming as well. None of those moves will matter if they don’t have a franchise quarterback to build around. 

Speaking Monday at the NFL Annual Meetings in Arizona, Eagles top personnel executive Howie Roseman made it clear his team believes they have one in Carson Wentz, and also made it pretty clear they would be paying him like one pretty soon as well. 

“We have to be realistic about the fact that we have a quarterback we want to pay and we want to extend long term, and how we are going to build our team with that player — which is exciting for us,” Roseman said. “We want to have a team led by a franchise type of quarterback. We know that we have that in Carson.”

Roseman would not go into much detail with Wentz, but did say he wouldn’t be talking about any contract negotiations the team has with players, a strong hint they are currently having them with Wentz. 

“Obviously having Carson here long term is our goal,” Roseman said, “and we will work towards that.”

It seemed a foregone conclusion that Wentz would one day sign a massive contract with the Eagles when he was drafted No. 2 overall in 2016. That fate became a little murky when he tore his ACL in 2017 and suffered a fractured back in 2018, but Roseman did not sound concerned at all about his franchise quarterback’s health.

“I don’t want to get into any player’s health,” Roseman said. “When you get into health you are talking about HIPPA laws and things that I don’t feel comfortable talking about. But all those (injured) guys are working hard and we are incredibly optimistic about where we are in that area.”

The Eagles are not in a situation yet where they have to sign Wentz. He is under contract for 2019, he has a fifth-year option for 2019 and they can certainly play the franchise tag game with him if they so choose. 

Listening to Roseman speak under the Arizona sun, however, one thing was very clear. 

It is a matter of when, not if, Wentz signs his deal — and it would be surprising if it doesn’t happen before the start of training camp in July.  

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