What might a Carson Wentz contract extension look like?

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

A report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter late last week indicated that he expects the Philadelphia Eagles and young quarterback Carson Wentz to come to terms on an extension this offseason.

Wentz, 26, would be the first of a plethora of rookie-deal quarterbacks to receive an extension. It would also come on the heels of multiple veterans resetting the market.

Here, we look at what a Wentz extension might look like.

The market dynamic: Recent deals could be a barometer.

  • Matt Ryan (five-year, $150 million): Ryan signed this deal with the Atlanta Falcons back in 2018. It called for an average of $30 million with $94.5 million guaranteed at signing.
  • Russell Wilson (four-year, $140 million): Wilson’s contract reset the market back in April. The deal called for an average salary of $34 million with $70 million guaranteed at signing. Wilson did not get a fifth year.
  • Jimmy Garoppolo (five-year, $137.5 million): Given that Garoppolo had started a grand total of eight games before inking this deal, it was considered a major surprise to many. He reset the market early in 2018, netting an average of $27.5 million per season. Though, Garoppolo got just $41.7 million guaranteed at signing.

Protections for Eagles: Wentz’s injury history is paramount

  • Wentz missed the end of his sophomore season with a torn ACL. The quarterback then sat out the latter part of the 2018 season with a back injury.
  • The most-recent injury has to be considered more worrisome for Philadelphia. Wentz had the same issue as an adolescent.
  • The Eagles are going to want some protections in case these injuries impact Wentz long term. That will make his deal look a bit different than most.

The deal: How it might look

  • We’d have to look more at the contract Jimmy Garoppolo signed with the 49ers back in January of 2018.
  • The deal looked great for Garoppolo on the surface, but it gave San Francisco a nice amount of leeway should the quarterback falter.
  • That included an out with just a $4.2 million dead cap hit after two seasons and $41.7 million guaranteed.

The details: The devil is always here

  • Five years
  • $155 million
  • $50 million guaranteed at signing
  • $90 million in total guarantees
  • $40 million cap hit in 2020
  • Out after two seasons with $10 million dead cap hit