Carson Wentz might no longer a member of the Philadelphia Eagles franchise, but it didn’t stop Eagles GM Howie Roseman from voicing his opinions on the former first round draft pick.
Wentz just completed his second season away from the Eagles and first with the Washington Commanders while the Eagles are four days away from competing in their second Super Bowl over the past five years. Wentz, a former No. 2 overall pick by the Eagles in 2016, will watch his former teammate Jalen Hurts lead the Eagles against the Kansas City Chiefs in Arizona on Sunday night.
The now 30-year-old Wentz played a key role in the Eagles last visit to the Super Bowl, delivering an MVP-caliber season before back-up Nick Foles filled in following Wentz’s season-ending knee injury. Wentz struggled to get the Eagles back to what they had in 2017-18, eventually forcing his way out of Philadelphia and heading in Indianapolis and Washington respectively.
Hurts did not shy away from the competition against Wentz in 2020, eventually becoming the Eagles starter and proceeding to become an MVP finalist during a stellar 2020 campaign.
Roseman supported Wentz during his early days with the franchise, but hinted that Wentz’s worries about Hurts passing him on the depth chart did not provide any confidence for the Eagles to keep the former North Dakota State standout long-term.
“At the end of the day, it’s the most important position in sports,” Roseman said to media in Arizona. “You see it through the course of this season. You need depth in this league. Why wouldn’t you consider building depth at the most important position of all sports?”
“The league is a competitive league,” Roseman added. “If you’re worried, if you have players that are worried about competition …Look. You have to be really good to start in this league. If you’re worried [that] we’re bringing in depth and talent, you’re probably not the right guy at that position.”
Hurts has taken major steps over his three NFL seasons, helping the Eagles to a 16-3 record this season and a berth in the Super Bowl against one of the league’s growing dynasties. Not only has Hurts benefitted from having a terrific supporting cast in Shane Steichen’s offense, but he’s continued to make smart decisions with the football and rely on his teammates to step up when needed.
Now Hurts will aim to play his best game as the Eagles fight to capture a second Super Bowl trophy in franchise history while Wentz figures out what’s next for him in Washington.