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Philadelphia Eagles exercise Wentz's fifth-year option

Carson Wentz
Modified 30 Apr 2019, 04:02 IST

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced they have exercised the fifth-year option on quarterback Carson Wentz's contract.

The move keeps Wentz with the team through at least the 2020 season, when he will earn $22.783million, which is the final year of his rookie deal.

Selected second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft, the 26-year-old has completed 63.7 percent of his passes for 10,152 yards, 70 touchdowns, 28 interceptions. He has registered 23 wins in 40 career games.

After a promising rookie season, he was in the MVP discussion in 2017 before suffering a season-ending injury, opening the door for back-up Nick Foles to guide the Eagles to Super Bowl glory.

However, Foles left for the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency this year and Wentz is the undoubted starter in Philadelphia, with the franchise likely to negotiate a long-term extension.

The Seattle Seahawks signed quarterback Russell Wilson to a record four-year contract worth $140m earlier this month, making him the league's highest-paid player. However, some believe Wentz's next deal could beat those numbers.

Published 30 Apr 2019, 04:02 IST
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