According to Rapoport, the Eagles still plan to be smart with Wentz, but he’s expected to be involved in the majority of on-field work.
Wentz missed five games last year and sat out the playoffs for the second straight season with a back fracture he suffered.
Adam Schefter said a few weeks ago that the Eagles have started contract negotiations with Wentz and he expects the two sides to reach an agreement before the start of the 2019 season.
“I think that both sides are motivated to get it done,” Schefter said via the Philly Voice’s Adam Herman. “I don’t think they’re close, right now, to getting it done, but when I talk to people around the league who look at that deal, they believe it’s going to get done.”
“I don’t know how it’ll shake out in terms of numbers, but the important thing is, for Carson Wentz, he’ll get some guaranteed money with his injury history, and then I think he’ll get another chance at a bite of the apple once this deal that he eventually signs expires,” Schefter continued.
Wentz, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Eagles back in 2016. He’s entering final year of his four-year, $26.7 million contract that included a $16.7 million signing bonus.
Wentz stands to make a base salary of $4.08 million in 2019. The fifth-year option will be worth $22.78 million and will become fully guaranteed on the first day of the 2020 league year.
The fifth-year option is guaranteed for injury only and won’t prevent the two sides from working on a long-term deal over the next year.
In 2018, Wentz appeared in 11 games for the Eagles and completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 3,074 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. He also rushed for 93 yards.