Every time an NFL quarterback signs a record-setting contract, Carson Wentz’s price tag goes up a little bit more.
Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan got a five-year, $150 million deal Thursday with a staggering $100 million guaranteed.
Ryan’s contract supplants Jimmy Garoppolo’s five-year, $132 million deal (with $41.7 million guaranteed) as the largest in NFL history in terms of total compensation, and it replaces Kirk Cousins’ three-year, fully guaranteed $84 million contract with the Vikings as the deal with the most guaranteed money.
And that brings us to Wentz. He’s not as accomplished as Rodgers, who’s won a Super Bowl, or Ryan, who’s been to one, but based on his Pro Bowl performance before he got hurt last year, Wentz will be in line for a mammoth deal of his own.
Wentz is signed through 2019 with the Eagles holding an option for 2020 that would pay Wentz the average of the top 10 highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, which would probably be close to $30 million.
Included in the story are allegations that the cheerleaders had their passports taken away upon arrival in the country and that male sponsors and FedEx Field suite holders were invited to observe a photo shoot that included topless women and others in body paint. There is also an allegation that the director of the squad told nine cheerleaders that they were to go out with those sponsors to a night club on an evening when team officials were also present.
Team president Bruce Allen issued a statement in response to the report on Thursday.
Offensive tackle: The Patriots suddenly are shaky in blindside pass protection without Solder, as their best options now are the re-signed LaAdrian Waddle, free-agent flyer Matt Tobin and 2017 third-rounder Antonio Garcia. They could afford to let Fleming walk because of the projected healthy return of stud right tackle Marcus Cannon from his season-ending ankle injury. So look for New England to target a big, athletic presence who can complement Cannon.