Carson Wentz is feeling good.
The Eagles quarterback is optimistic the back injury that ended his season last year after losing in Dallas on Dec. 9 will be ready when the team begins its OTAs in May.
“That’s the goal (to be ready for OTAs),” said Wentz, when he met with reporters on Monday, as the Eagles began their offseason condition program. “There’s no timetable, no rush, but I feel good with the progression I’m having. It’s still getting there. Some of this stuff just takes times, but that’s not really the main concern. It’s just kind of how I feel.”
Wentz said he is feeling well enough to be able to do some running and throwing, but is taking things week by week.
“I won’t delve into specifics,” he said. “I’ll just say I feel good with where we’re I’m going.”
Wentz also didn’t want to delve into specifics about his contract, which will expire at the end of the 2020 season.
Executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said during the NFL Scouting Combine, though, that the Eagles want to keep Wentz wearing an Eagles uniform for a very long time.
“Hearing that, it’s exciting,” said Wentz. “Just the idea of being here long term, I love it here, I love this city, I love the fans here, but the specifics of all that I’m not going to dive into all that. I’ll let my agent handle all that fun stuff.”
While Wentz is feeling good, he was also looking pretty good, too, wearing a Sixers playoff tee-shirt.
The quarterback has been to see some Sixers games and attended one recently with his wife and Phillies Bryce Harper and Rhys Hoskins and their wives. The QB also has been to a Sixers game with receiver Alshon Jeffery (pictured above with Wentz).
Asked about the bond the city’s professional athletes seem to be developing in support of each other, Wentz said: “I think it’s just the culture, the sporting culture that’s in the city. Everyone just loves their sports here and are passionate about it and it just kind of catches fire with other teams and other athletes. It’s always good to support each other and have some fun with it. But it really comes down to way this city is with their sports and the way they get behind everybody and we want to do the same.”
It was the first time since the season ended in January that the Eagles were all together as a team. There have been changes since the season came to a crashing to a halt in New Orleans in the Division Round of the playoffs, and Wentz talked about the two big ones – the acquisitions of receiver DeSean Jackson and running back Jordan Howard.
On Jackson, Wentz said: “It’s exciting, without a doubt exciting. You see the guy, obviously he’s getting up there in his age but he still runs like the wind. He’s impressive on film and we saw firsthand last year, the opening play the game when we played (Tampa Bay and Jackson caught a long touchdown pass to open the scoring). The guy still has it. He’ll bring a dynamic aspect to our offense, whether catching balls during the game or just opening things up underneath, I’m really excited to have him.”
Of Howard, Wentz said: “Getting Jordan was awesome. I’ve talked to him a little bit now and Nate (Sudfeld) knows him well and we’re excited about getting him here. The physical ability he brings to the table is exciting and Eagles fans should be excited about having him a part of our offense.”
Speaking of Sudfeld, the backup quarterback reportedly signed his second-round tender when he showed up for the start of the conditioning program. The contract will pay him more than $3 million, which is expected to leave the Eagles at about $21 million under the cap after recently redoing the contract of tight end Zach Ertz.
That would seem to be enough money to sign Wentz to a long-term deal if the two sides can agree on a deal at some point this offseason.