The Philadelphia Eagles have handed their quarter-back Carson Wentz the biggest contract in NFL history.
He'll earn 128-million dollars across the four-year extension, with 107-million guaranteed.
That surpasses the contract signed last month by Russell Wilson and Wentz will net around 32-million dollars a season.
The deal will kick in after his rookie contract expires in 2021, after the Eagles drafted him second in the 2016 draft.
“I can’t even explain to you how excited I am right now to be a part of this great city for this many more years,” Wentz said in a video to Philadelphia's fans. “It means the world to me. ”
— Carson Wentz (@cj_wentz) June 6, 2019
The 26-year-old threw for 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns before suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2017. The Eagles went on to win the Superbowl against New England with Nick Foles as quarter-back but Wentz was returned to the starting berth following his recovery from injury.
He threw for 3,074 yards with 21 touchdowns last season before suffering a back injury which forced him to miss the last three games of the campaign. Despite Foles again leading the Eagles into the playoffs again, they allowed him to join the Jacksonville Jaguars on an 88-million dollar contract in March.
Wentz says he's now targeting more success with Philadelphia after committing his future to the franchise.
“From the moment I got drafted here, I knew this place was special. I knew they had the most passionate fans in the world, in all of sports.
“I knew we had the opportunity to build something truly special here. To be cemented here for this much longer means the world to me.”
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson feels his quarter-back will be fitting fit for the start of next season.
“His lower body is strong,” Pederson said. “His arm is strong. You are seeing the things that we saw a couple of years ago when he was healthy, obviousl, he’s leading the offense, leading the team, and really doing a nice job out there.”