Quarterback Carson Wentz has had something of an unlucky NFL career.
He was the second overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles, and after a promising rookie season, he put up 3,296 yards and 33 touchdowns in the first 13 games of the 2017 campaign while leading the league with a 78.5 QBR.
Unfortunately, he tore his ACL in Week 14 versus the Los Angeles Rams, ending his season, and backup Nick Foles led the Eagles to the Super Bowl championship over Tom Brady’s New England Patriots.
Since then, Wentz has been benched in favor of current Eagles QB Jalen Hurts, had a disappointing 2021 season with the Indianapolis Colts, and has now been released by the Washington Commanders.
Still, he has made an incredible amount of money over the last few years.
Carson Wentz signed a 4-year, $128 million extension with the Eagles in 2019. Its base value, over 6 years, folding two years of his rookie deal in, was about $154 million. Today, the Commanders terminated that deal.
Wentz wound up making $105,198,279 of the total, from 3 teams.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 27, 2023
Wentz started eight games for the Commanders this year, and his production was very lackluster.
He suffered a finger injury in October, and while he was out, backup Taylor Heinicke filled in and played solid ball while the Commanders started to gain some momentum by winning five of their next six games.
Rookie Sam Howell started their final game in January, and it appears the team is moving forward with him penciled in as their QB1.
Wentz will join a few other veteran QBs who are either free agents or thought to be available this offseason, which includes Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, and possibly even Aaron Rodgers.
Washington showed promise on the defensive side of the football this year, and if the team manages to get some solid QB play in 2023, they could perhaps return to the playoffs.NEXT: The Rams Are Pushing For A Rule Change In The NFL