Carson Wentz finds another job as backup quarterback

According to multiple reports, former Eagles first-round pick Carson Wentz has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The signing was first reported by Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report.

The Eagles have been Wentz’s fifth team in five years, dating back to his final season as their starter in 2020. Wentz has since played for the Colts, Commanders, Rams, and now is headed to Kansas City to back up Patrick Mahomes for Andy Reid.

The 31-year-old Wentz is still trying to hang on to a career that once seemed so promising.

Wentz was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft by the Eagles. After tearing his ACL in his second season, Wentz watched from the sidelines as Nick Foles led the Eagles to their only Super Bowl victory.

There were some ups and downs over the next two seasons, but Wentz still signed a four-year, $128 million contract that would keep him in Philadelphia through 2024. It was only after he was benched down the stretch in 2020 for second-round pick Jalen Hurts that the Eagles eventually bowed to the Colts and traded Wentz.

Although Wentz had some bright spots with the Colts as well, he only lasted one season in Indianapolis before being traded to the Commanders. In Washington, he lasted just one season before being released. In November, Wentz signed a contract with the Rams to serve as Matthew Stafford’s backup.

After leaving the Eagles, Wentz has played in the following three seasons:

With IND in 2021: 17 games, 9-8, 322/516 (62.4%), 27 TDs, 7 INTs, a rating of 94.6

With WAS, 2022: 9 games, 2-5, 172/276 (62.3%), 11 TDs, 9 INTs, 80.2 QB rating

LAR 2023: 2 games, 1-0, 17/24 (70.8%), 2 TDs, 1 INT, 99.8 rating

With the Rams, that start came in Week 18 against the 49ers, when both teams rested their starters.

Wentz was a Pro Bowler in his second NFL season and once seemed as if he had a very bright future, but now that he’s over 30, it appears that he’s a backup. However, playing behind Mahomes and for a team that has won back-to-back Super Bowls is pretty ideal.

After several years away from the Eagles, Wentz is no longer affiliated with the team. The Eagles’ backup quarterback for the 2020 season, Hurts, was named the new franchise quarterback in 2022 and led them to a Super Bowl victory.

There is no scheduled meeting between the Eagles and Wentz’s Chiefs in 2024.

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