Carson Wentz signed a major $ 128 million deal for four years before the 2019 season. At the time, the deal was defensive. Wentz had played well the past two seasons, totaling 54 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He led the Eagles to an 11–2 record in 2017 before suffering an injury; Nick Foles replaced him and led the team to a Super Bowl victory. The following season, the Eagles only started 5-6, but Wentz had to put up solid numbers before he was hurt.
For the first year of their new deal, Wentz delivered. He led the injured Eagles to an improbable NFC East title, setting new career-highs in completions, passing attempts, and yards.
In 2020, however, Wentz has regained. The Eagles are still injured, but Wentz does not appear to be as sharp in his reeds or progress. As a result, he led the league in only 12 games in throception (15), turnovers (19), and sacks (50).
With Wentz struggling, the team backed up Jalan Hurts. Hurts played quarterback in college, but initially entered the league as a wide receiver. However, he promoted the Eagles offensively, throwing for 338 yards and three touchdowns.
It looks like the team is going to have Hurts as the starter. Wentz has already expressed his displeasure with sitting on the bench, which means that the Eagles may look to move him. If they do, they will pay him a ton of money.
Wentz was paid $ 66.47 million of his contract during the signing and is guaranteed $ 107.97 million over the term of the contract. He is earning only $ 1.383 million in base salary this year, but he owes $ 15.4 million in 2021 and at least $ 20 million every year thereafter. And his cap hits and deadcap money numbers are staggering.
Releasing Wentz in 2021 would cost the team $ 59 million with a cap hit of $ 24.5 million. Trading him to another team would earn him $ 853,000 in salary cap relief, but would still cost the Eagles $ 33.8 million.
The Eagles may be best served to keep Wentz under contract for another season and move him in 2022. If they release him before June 1, 2022, the Eagles would spend more than $ 24.5 million in dead money, but could save about $ 0.72 million. Location of the cap. However, if they wait after June 1, the cap savings would equal Wentz’s base salary for the 2022 season at $ 22 million.
Dead money numbers fall further in 2023 and 2024, so the Eagles could wait until Wentz was released. If the team didn’t plan to start him, however, it makes little sense to hang on to him. They should at least try to get some value back for Wentz, a player traded twice to capture No. 2 in the 2016 draft.
and who knows? It is possible that Wentz becomes a starter again in 2021 and both the player and the team can put this position behind him. But the more likely scenario is that Wentz wants a change of scenery, and the Eagles have to pay for him to play elsewhere.