We scour the news around the NFL to bring you what matters most to you and your dynasty team: the most current news on players, both superstars and the relative unknowns, and analysis to decipher the respective situations. These are many of the major stories and not meant to be an exhaustive look at all the recent happenings around the league.
When Carson Wentz was replaced midgame by Jalen Hurts, tongues started wagging as to the starter’s long-term place in the Philadelphia Eagles organization. Former agent Joel Corry tweeted several key million-dollar reasons for Wentz staying in Philadelphia another year, “Unfortunately for Philly, Carson Wentz's $25.4M 2021 salary ($15.4M base salary & $10M 3rd day of league year roster bonus) is already fully guaranteed. $15M of his $22M 2022 base salary (guaranteed for injury), becomes fully guaranteed on the 3rd day of the 2021 league year.” He followed that up with, “If Carson Wentz is traded before the 3rd day of the 2021 league year (3/19) when his $10M roster bonus is due, the Eagles will have $33,820,611 of dead money. That's $852,925 less than Wentz's 2021 salary cap number of $34,673,536.” Lastly, Corry added, “The Eagles are paying Carson Wentz $39,301,647 in the 2020 calendar year. The bulk of it comes from the $30M Philly had to give Wentz in order to pick up his 2024 contract year. Wentz got the entire option bonus before the 1st regular-season game … An acquiring team would need $25.4M of salary cap space to absorb Carson Wentz's 2021 salary. There would 4 years left on his contract for $98.4M. Acquiring team could exit deal in 2023 without dead money after paying $47.4M for 2 years.” Ouch! There is no way Philadelphia can afford to release or trade Wentz. Andrew Brandt gave a sobering perspective on the situation, “Eagles commitment to Carson Wentz: 2016 1st, 4th round picks, 2017 1st, 2nd round picks, 2016 contract: $27M; $17M signing bonus. 2019 contract: $128M; full guarantees in 2020, 2021; partial guarantee in 2022. Earnings to date: $80M. Traded Bradford. Let Foles head to free agency.” Yes, Wentz did help the Eagles to the Super Bowl. That title needs to be added to the mix.
Last Wednesday, Cincinnati Bengals star rookie Joe Burrow "underwent successful surgery" on his injured knee, according to the team website. As you might expect, the team says Burrow is expected to make a full recovery from a torn ACL and MCL. Burrow had to wait until the swelling went down in the knee before having the surgery. Injuring both ligaments will inhibit a fast recovery. If we look for comparable injuries, Carson Wentz tore his ACL and LCL in December 2017 and went on to miss first the two regular-season games in 2018. While we believe in Burrow’s long-term outlook, do not be surprised if he misses a game or two to start the 2021 season.