Carson Wentz Finds Landing Spot As Patrick Mahomes’ Backup In 1-Year Deal with Kansas City

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Carson Wentz now has a new home after signing a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs to serve as backup to superstar Patrick Mahomes.

The move reunites him with his former coach Andy Reid, who drafted him 2nd overall in 2016 during his tenure with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Wentz, 31, joins the Chiefs after a nomadic stretch that has seen him suit up for four different teams in as many seasons. He began 2023 without a team before joining the Los Angeles Rams in November, making three appearances including one start in the regular season finale victory over the 49ers.

For Kansas City, adding an experienced veteran like Carson Wentz makes sense as an insurance policy behind Mahomes. The Chiefs had previously deployed Chad Henne as the primary backup, but Wentz brings much more upside with 93 career starts under his belt despite his up-and-down tenure as a starter.

After a promising first couple of seasons in Philadelphia that saw him emerge as an MVP candidate before a devastating knee injury, Wentz’s Eagles career sort of fizzled out.

He was traded to Indianapolis in 2021 but lasted just one season with the Colts before being flipped to Washington. His stint with the Commanders was brief, going 2-5 as the starter before being released.

While the inconsistency and bouncing around has dampened his prospects as a long-term starting option, Wentz could be an ideal fit working with Reid again in a backup role. His strong arm and sandlot playing style offer some similarities to Mahomes’ game that could translate well if called upon.