Philadelphia Eagles rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts will make his first NFL start on Sunday, but team sources tell ESPN the Eagles still have intentions to keep Carson Wentz and make him an important part of their team.
Despite his struggles this season, the Eagles still believe in Wentz as a player and person and still believe that, according to team sources, he can return as the standout quarterback he once was.
“None of this changes the beliefs that the people of Carson have,” a team source told ESPN this weekend.
Philadelphia doesn’t know how the quarterback situation will play out and what the future will be for Wentz. But the Eagles are kind of in the know to decide Wentz’s immediate future with the organization.
The Eagles will have to make a decision by day two of the league year 2021 – sometime in mid-March – as on the third day of the league year Wentz’s $ 22 million base salary for 2022 is fully guaranteed and his 2021 roster bonus of $ 10 million will also be paid off.
The Eagles could cut Wentz and designate him as a release after June 1st. If so, they would still owe him his 2021 salary of $ 25.4 million – $ 15.4 million base salary and a roster bonus of $ 10 million. Wentz’s cap hit would total $ 59.21 million, but if it is reported as a release after June 1, the Eagles will be allowed to spread the cap fee over two years.
Philadelphia could trade with Wentz too – and if the Eagles made a deal before day three of league year 2021, they wouldn’t owe him his $ 10 million roster bonus, and the team that acquires him would be 25.4- Take on a million dollar salary.
The Eagles would then be ready for salary caps worth $ 33.82 million – $ 9.27 for signing the bonus and another $ 24.55 for guaranteed money from 2022 through 2024. They could get a designation after Do not use June 1st on a trade to distribute cap fees. An NFL executive told ESPN last week that the best of these scenarios could be to trade with Wentz and take advantage of the expedited guarantees.
Even though the Eagles banked Wentz, the organization still stands behind him, as demonstrated last week when veteran team leaders Fletcher Cox and Jason Kelce publicly voiced their support for him.
The Eagles (3-8-1) have lost four times and are third at NFC East when they face the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
27-year-old Wentz was stuck in the worst season of his career. The former number 2 in the overall selection ranks first in NFL interceptions (15) and sacks (46), 31st place on completion (58.1%) and 30th place in yards per attempt (6th place) , 02).
Hurts played 33 snaps in the first 11 games and lined up throughout the formation while mostly being used as a gadget player. With Hurts’ growing demand for more snapshots in recent weeks, the former Oklahoma star saw a spike in first-team reps at the quarterback ahead of Philadelphia’s week 12 game against Seattle, replacing Wentz with Green Bay last Sunday from the bank.
ESPN’s Tim McManus contributed to this report.