Carson Wentz is not the Eagles franchise quarterback anymore

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Carson Wentz is not the Philadelphia Eagles franchise quarterback anymore. His play is declining.

Wentz makes several mistakes a game. And people wondered by the Eagles used a second-round draft pick on Jalen Hurts in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz carries the football against the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football
Carson Wentz carries the football against the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football (Photo by the Philadelphia Eagles/Instagram)

Hurts is inching closer and closer getting serious playing time. So far, he has gone 2 of 2 for 27 yards. He also has nine carries for 51 yards and one reception for three yards.

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You do not draft a quarterback in the first two rounds unless they’re in your future plans. And for the Eagles, Hurts appears to be in their future plans, as the often-injured Wentz moves closer to his departure.

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said in September to “Don’t go there” with benching Wentz.

Wentz is just like former Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota and Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Neither quarterback has progressed like their team has hoped that they would.

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The Titans gave up on Mariota, who signed with the Las Vegas Raiders in the off-season to backup Derek Carr. It’s likely the Bears will not re-sign Trubisky in a few months, as he is the team’s second-string quarterback behind former Eagle Nick Foles.

Wentz has started 64 games since being the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. He went 18-11 in his first two seasons.

However, since suffering a torn ACL against the Los Angeles Rams in December 2017, his career has taken a downward trajectory. Since the 2018 season as a starter, he is just 17-17-1, according to Pro Football Reference.

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This season, he has guided the Eagles to a 3-4-1 mark in the woeful NFC East that nobody appears to want to win.

Wentz has had his worst season in his career in terms of competition percentage with a 58.4% so far. His worst was a 60.2% during the 2017 when he was having an MVP-like season, before blowing out his knee.

So far, he has 12 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He is approaching his worst interception record for a season with 14 during his rookie campaign in 2016.

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His interception percentage this season is higher than any other point in his career. He has nearly a double interception percentage than any other time in his career, as he has thrown interceptions at 3.9% this season.

Before the 2020 season, his highest was 2.3% as a rookie in 2016. Last season, when he played his first full season since his rookie campaign, his interception percentage was a career-low 1.2%.

The 3.9% is also his touchdown rate this season, according to Pro Football Reference. It’s the lowest in his career since his rookie campaign when he had a 2.6% touchdown rate.

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Only once this season has Wentz has thrown for more than 300 yards in a game. That came in a 22-21 come-from-behind win over the New York Giants on October 22nd on Thursday Night Football when he had 359 yards.

He had a lackluster performance in his last game, despite a win over the woeful Dallas Cowboys. He had just 123 passing yards.

Wentz has thrown over 300 yards 19 times in his career. However, his best game, in terms of passing yards, came as a rookie went he went 27 of 47 for 364 yards in a 28-23 loss to the New York Giants on November 6, 2016.

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The Eagles may be stuck with the underperforming Wentz for some time. They have a potential out in his contract before the 2022 season, but it’s unlikely they’ll take the option.

With his four-year, $128 million deal, the Eagles have their hands tied behind their backs right now. They cannot move on from him even if they tried for the next several seasons.

However, before the 2022 season, he can be paid $81.8 million over three seasons, according to Spotrac. The Eagles would be responsible for a $24.5 million dead cap hit.

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It’s unlikely he’ll be released before June 2021, as the Eagles would be hit with a $59.2 million dead cap hit. They would also face a $-24.5 million hit by releasing him before June 2021.

If he’s traded before June 1st, 2021, the Eagles would have a $33.8 million dead cap hit. Yet, they would save approx. $900,000.

A post-June 1st, 2021 release, the Eagles would be responsible for a $34.6 million dead cap hit. Plus, they would be responsible for a $24.5 million dead cap hit in the 2022 cap, as well. They would also lose $2.

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But, if a trade happens after June 1st, 2021, they would face a $9.2 million dead cap in 2021. Plus, they would also face a $24.5 million dead cap hit in 2022. Yet, they save $25.3 million on the 2021 cap.

Before June 1st, 2022, the Eagles will face a dead cap hit of $24.5 million if he’s released. But they would save $6.7 million on the 2022 cap. The numbers would be the same if he is traded before June 1st, 2022.

The Eagles would be responsible for a $9.273 million dead cap hit following a post-June 1st trade or release on the 2022 dead cap. The team would also have a $15.23 million dead cap hit on the 2023 dead cap. Yet, they would save $22 million on the 2022 cap.

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In his career, Wentz has gone 35-28-1 as a starter in 64 career starts. He has gone 1,489 of 2,360 for 16,074 yards. He also has 109 touchdown passes and 47 interceptions.

As a starter, Mariota was 29-32 as a starter in 61 starts with the Titans. He appeared in 63 games.

The Hawai’ian native went 1,110 of 1,765 for 13,207 yards. He had 76 touchdown passes and 44 interceptions.

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Trubisky has gone 26-18 as a starter in 44 games with the Bears. He has appeared in 45 career games.

The Ohio-born quarterback has gone 862 of 1,366 for 9,114 yards. He had 54 touchdown passes and 32 interceptions.

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