Kansas City – Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is set to embark on a new chapter in his NFL career as he joins the Kansas City Chiefs on a one-year deal, reported by NFL Media. This move sees Wentz reunite with one of the most accomplished head coaches in Eagles history, Andy Reid.

After a month of speculation in the free agency market, the 31-year-old quarterback finalized his agreement with the Chiefs, where he is slated to serve as the backup to star quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Wentz’s signing comes after a brief stint with the Los Angeles Rams, where he appeared in three games as the second-string quarterback behind Matthew Stafford during the previous season.

Wentz’s journey to Kansas City has been marked by frequent team changes, with this being his fourth move in as many years. However, his brief tenure with the Rams under the guidance of coach Sean McVay garnered praise, particularly for his role in leading the team to a victory in Week 18, propelling them towards the playoffs.

In Kansas City, Wentz steps into a role as the primary backup to Mahomes, following the departure of incumbent backup Blaine Gabbert, who remains unsigned in free agency. The Chiefs have historically favored experienced veterans in the backup position, with Wentz’s 93 career starts making him a suitable candidate to fill that role.

Drafted by the Eagles as the No. 2 overall pick in 2016, Wentz spent his first five seasons in Philadelphia, where he showcased his talent and potential, earning recognition as an MVP candidate in his sophomore year. However, an ACL tear towards the end of that season sidelined him during the Eagles’ historic Super Bowl victory.

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Subsequent seasons saw Wentz struggle with inconsistency, leading to his eventual departure from Philadelphia ahead of the 2021 campaign. His journey then took him to the Indianapolis Colts and later to the Washington Commanders before landing with the Rams in 2023.

Apart from his extensive starting experience, Wentz’s playing style bears resemblance to that of Mahomes, with both quarterbacks known for their strong arms and improvisational skills. This similarity makes Wentz a fitting addition to the Chiefs, whose offensive scheme thrives on creativity and off-script plays.

As Carson Wentz prepares to don the Chiefs’ jersey, the NFL community awaits to see how his partnership with Andy Reid and his role as Mahomes’ backup will unfold in the upcoming season.

Source : CBS Sport


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