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Kansas City Chiefs sign former No. 2 overall pick in NFL free agency

Kansas City Chiefs, Carson Wentz
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We’re less than a month away from the start of the 2024 NFL Draft, but the Kansas City Chiefs are providing a quick reminder that there are still several notable free agents left unsigned.

Late on Monday night, the Chiefs signed former No. 2 overall pick Carson Wentz to a one-year contract, per Jordan Schultz.

Wentz has fallen from grace since he held it down as the Philadelphia Eagles’ starting quarterback from 2016-2020, before giving way to Jalen Hurts. He’s since bounced around the NFL, landing a starting gig with the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Commanders.

But his days of entering the season as the unquestioned starter are done, at least until or unless he can prove he’s capable. Last year he sat around for most of the season before the Los Angeles Rams ended his misery, signing Wentz as a backup to Matthew Stafford on Nov. 7.

However, Wentz did end up playing in two games, even starting one.

Now Wentz, 31, heads to Kansas City, where he’ll learn from Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Matt Nagy. Not to mention, the opportunity to watch and learn behind Patrick Mahomes isn’t one that many other quarterbacks have the privilege of doing.

Wentz presumably becomes the top backup quarterback on the Chiefs, jumping ahead of Chris Oladokon and Ian Book, giving Kansas City a QB with 93 starts under his belt if an emergency arises.

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