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Former Eagles QB Carson Wentz signed as backup QB – NBC Sports Philadelphia

Former Eagles QB Carson Wentz signed as backup QB – NBC Sports Philadelphia

Former Eagles first-round pick Carson Wentz has signed a one-year contract to join the Kansas City Chiefs, according to multiple reports.

Bleacher Report's Jordan Schultz first reported the signing.

This will be Wentz's fifth team in five years, dating back to his final season as the Eagles' starter in 2020. Since then, Wentz has played for the Colts, Commanders and Rams and now heads to Kansas City to play for Andy Reid. And for backup Patrick Mahomes.

Wentz is now 31 years old and stuck with a career that looked incredibly promising.

The Eagles used the No. 2 overall pick on Wentz in the 2016 draft. In his second season, Wentz was the league's best player until he tore his ACL and watched his backup, Nick Foles, lead the Eagles to their only Super Bowl win in franchise history.

Over the next two seasons, in 2018 and 2019, there were some ups and downs, but Wentz signed a four-year, $128 million contract that was supposed to keep him in Philadelphia through the 2024 season. But after he was benched in 2020 In favor of second-round pick Jalen Hurts, the Eagles eventually bowed out and traded Wentz to the Colts.

Wentz had some bright spots with the Colts as well but ultimately only lasted one year in Indy and was then traded to the Commanders. He only lasted one season in Washington until he was released. Last November, Wentz signed with the Rams as Matthew Stafford's replacement.

Here's a look at the three seasons Wentz has played since leaving the Eagles:

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

2022 with Cannes: 9 games, 2-5, 172/276 (62.3%), 11 TD, 9 INTs, 80.2 rating

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

That start for the Rams came in Week 18 against the 49ers, when both teams were resting their starters.

Wentz is a career player in his second NFL season and once looked like he had a very bright future, but he's over 30 now and has reached a point in his career where he appears to be a reserve. But getting the opportunity to play behind Mahomes and for a team that has won two consecutive Super Bowls is ideal.

Wentz is now several years removed from his time with the Eagles. His backup for the 2020 season, Hurts, became Philadelphia's new starting quarterback and led the Eagles to the Super Bowl in 2022.

The Eagles are not scheduled to face Wentz's Chiefs in 2024.

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