Eagles, QB Carson Wentz agree to terms on four-year extension

The Philadelphia Eagles and QB Carson Wentz have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension through the 2024 season. 

Originally selected by Philadelphia with the second overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft, Wentz has completed 923 of 1,448 attempts (63.7%) for 10,152 yards, 70 touchdowns, 28 interceptions and a 92.5 passer rating in 40 career games. Since his record-breaking season in 2017, Wentz ranks third in the NFL in passing touchdowns per game (2.3), trailing only Patrick Mahomes (3.1) and Andrew Luck (2.4), and fifth in passer rating (102.0), behind Mahomes (111.7), Drew Brees (109.5), Deshaun Watson (103.1) and Russell Wilson (102.1) (min. 500 attempts).

Last season, Wentz ranked third in the NFL with a franchise-record 69.6% completion percentage and finished seventh with a career-high 102.2 passer rating (min. 250 attempts). The 26-year-old also became just the third quarterback in NFL history to register a 100-plus passer rating in two of their first three seasons, joining Jared Goff (2017-18) and Russell Wilson (2012-13).

In 2017, Wentz led the Super Bowl LII-winning Eagles to an 11-2 record in games that he started and established a single-season team record with 33 passing touchdowns, breaking the previous mark of 32 set by Pro Football Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen in 1961. Wentz ranked first in the NFL in passing touchdowns per game (2.5), second in passing touchdowns, trailing only Russell Wilson (34), and fourth in passer rating (101.9) (min. 250 attempts). He collected second-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors and finished third in MVP voting, behind Tom Brady and Todd Gurley II.

As a rookie in 2016, Wentz posted a franchise record and NFL rookie record with 379 completions. His 3,782 passing yards ranked as the fourth-most in team history as well as the fourth-most in NFL rookie history. Wentz also became the first Eagles rookie quarterback to start in a season opener since Davey O’Brien in 1939 and the first to play on opening day since Randall Cunningham in 1985.

Wentz played collegiately at North Dakota State, where he was a member of five straight NCAA Division I FCS national championship teams (2011-15), including two as a starter in 2014 and 2015. The Bismarck native captained the Bison to a 20-3 career record (.870 winning percentage) and finished third in school history in passing yards (5,115), passing touchdowns (45), completions (392), completion percentage (64.1%) and passer efficiency rating (153.9).

WENTZ IN THE COMMUNITY

During the 2017 offseason, Wentz launched the Carson Wentz Audience of One Foundation, which is a nonprofit whose mission is to “uplift individuals and communities around the world by demonstrating God’s love for His people.” The foundation’s signature event, an annual charity softball game with Eagles players at the home of the Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park, has drawn more than 40,000 fans and raised over $1.3 million for charitable initiatives over the last two years.

A major focus of the foundation is its partnership with Mission of Hope in funding and constructing the Haiti Sports Complex, a multi-purpose sports facility and education center on the Mission of Hope’s campus. Over 15,000 children per year will have access to education tutoring, will be provided meals and vitamins to support nutrition, and have a safe place with power and internet to study. The Audience of One Foundation has invested nearly $1 million in funds for the Haiti Sports Complex.

The foundation’s food truck program, entitled Thy Kingdom Crumb, was launched in 2018 and has freely distributed quality food to communities in need throughout the Philadelphia area. Another key component of the foundation’s community outreach is an outdoor program, called Camp Conquerors, which serves those with physical challenges, life-threatening illnesses and the underserved by providing them with various hunting and fishing opportunities.

Additionally, Wentz was named the NFLPA Community MVP in Week 3 of the 2017 season after he donated $120,000 to Canine Partners for Life to secure and cover the costs of specially-trained service dogs for people living with disabilities around the Philadelphia region.

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