Eagles pick up the 2020 team option on contract of Carson Wentz

Barring an extension, the quarterback will earn close to $23 million in the final year of his rookie deal

The Eagles’ front office doesn’t talk publicly about contracts, though executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said at the NFL Owners meetings in March that the team “having Carson here long term is our goal and we’ll work towards that.”

When asked about his contract when the team convened for the first time in mid-April, Wentz said his agent was handling “all that fun stuff.”

Until that day comes – and it will come – when Wentz and the Eagles agree to a big-bucks contract, the Wentz has an idea of what he will make in 2020 after the Eagles picked up the team option of his rookie contract on Monday. The move was hardly a surprise. The Birds had until Friday to pick up that option, per NFL rules that a decision on first-round draft picks must be made prior to their fourth season.

Wentz will make $23.78 million in 2020, barring, of course, an agreement on a long-term deal. The amount is the going rate for players drafted in the top 10 and is the average of the top 10 salaries at the quarterback position.

Wentz’s guaranteed salary this season is $4 million, though his salary cap hit is $8.4 million.

The Eagles are currently about $25 million under the cap at the moment, so they could decide to re-do Wentz’s contract this offseason. Chances are they are trying hard to do that despite the fact that Wentz has not been able to finish the past two seasons due to injury.

The thinking is that the Eagles may try to get Wentz to take a little less money now, based on that injury history.

Wentz, though, may be willing to play out this season to show he can stay healthy then capitalize on that with an even bigger deal next offseason.

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson set the quarterback salary bar high when he signed a four-year contract extension with Seattle for $140 million. Wilson is 30; Wentz 26.

The Eagles will likely use Nate Sudholtz as Wentz’s backup this season after Nick Foles went to Jacksonville during free agency. The Birds also draft Northwestern quarterback Clayton Thorson in the fifth round of the draft this past weekend. Luis Lopez is the other quarterback on the Eagles’ roster, signed after the AAF folded.

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