Carson Wentz put pen to paper on his new $128 million contract with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday.
The 26-year-old Bismarck Century High alum received a $66 million signing bonus. In all, $107.5 million of the contract, which runs through the 2024 season, is guaranteed.
Wentz was eager to get a deal done with the team that selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft.
"It's something both sides wanted to get done. I knew I wanted this to be home for a long time, and ever since being drafted, it's felt like home," Wentz said at a news conference on Monday. "So as soon as we found something that was a win-win, a really fair opportunity, I jumped at it, just because I love this place and I want to be here for a while, so I felt it was a good time."
By annual average value, Wentz will be the fourth-highest paid player in the NFL next season at $32 million. Only Seattle's Russell Wilson ($37 million), Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger ($34 million) and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers ($33.5 million) will make more next season. All four are quarterbacks.
With quarterback contracts increasing each season, Wentz hypothetically could have waited another year and potentially secured more money. However, he was happy to get the deal done now.
"You can play the 'what-if game' a million different ways -- and I don't get too caught up in that -- we talked through it, we talked through it, wanted to reach something that was fair both for me and my family, but also for this team, this organization for the future, and I don't think I'll have any regrets," he said.
Wentz is 23-17 in three seasons as the starting quarterback but has missed 13 games, including five playoff contests over the past two years. He finished third in NFL MVP voting in 2017 when backup quarterback Nick Foles led the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory over the Patriots.
Wentz tore his ACL in Week 13 in 2017 and sat out the final three regular-season games in 2018 because of a back injury.
Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has no doubts about the team's franchise quarterback going forward.
"Every moment he's been with us in the Eagles, he's just reinforced everything we expected and much more from those (pre-draft) days, whether it's leadership, poise, the desire to be really, really good, if not great," Lurie said. "Attention to detail, smart, the face of the franchise in so many ways ... it's how you draw it up. Our goals are to win really big, and to do that at its best, you need a quarterback that wants it really badly, and Carson, in every way, wants it badly."
Wentz has thrown for 10,152 yards, 70 touchdowns and 28 interceptions with a 92.5 passer rating in his career. Prior to his injury last season, he posted career highs in completion rate (69.6 percent) and passer rating (102.2). His 32 TD passes in 2017 and completion percentage last season are franchise records.
Wentz said continuing his career with the Eagles was a no-doubter.
"I don't think this city, this culture could fit me any better, just with the passion (the fans) bring and how bad they want to win, and I'm wired the same way," he said.
CHARITY SOFTBALL GAME IN FARGO
Wentz's AO1 Foundation Charity Softball Game at Fargo's Newman Outdoor Field is scheduled for Wednesday, June 26.
A home run derby will be held at a 6 p.m., followed by a seven-inning game. Tickets are on sale at the Newman box office or online at ao1foundation.org.
Newman Outdoor Field's capacity will be expanded to 7,500 for that day with gates opening at 5 p.m.
Former NDSU football players committed to playing in the softball game include Chris Board, Nick DeLuca, Kyle Emanuel, Ryan Smith, Steve Walker, Tyler Roehl, Brock Jensen, Joe Haeg, Billy Turner, Grant Olson, Cole Jirik and Esley Thorton.