Chiefs Ink Carson Wentz as Patrick Mahomes’ Backup for 2024 Season

Carson Wentz Chiefs backup

Carson Wentz, once a standout for the Philadelphia Eagles, is set to join forces with the highly accomplished Andy Reid, but this time in Kansas City. Following a brief stint with the Los Angeles Rams last season, the veteran quarterback has inked a one-year deal with the Chiefs, according to NFL Media sources, where he’ll step in as the primary backup to Patrick Mahomes.

At 31 years old, Wentz brings a wealth of experience, having made 93 career starts since entering the league in 2016. His move to the Chiefs marks his fourth team in as many years, but his performance under Rams coach Sean McVay in 2023, guiding the team to a crucial victory on their way to the playoffs, has garnered attention.

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In Kansas City, Wentz is poised to fill the role previously occupied by Blaine Gabbert, who remains unsigned in free agency. The Chiefs have a preference for seasoned veterans in the backup position, as demonstrated by their use of Chad Henne in the past.

Wentz’s journey in the NFL began with the Eagles, where he showed promise early on, including an MVP-caliber season in his sophomore year. However, injuries and inconsistent play led to his departure from Philadelphia ahead of the 2021 season. Since then, he’s had brief stints with the Indianapolis Colts, Washington Commanders, and most recently, the Rams.

One intriguing aspect of Wentz’s signing is his stylistic resemblance to Mahomes. While not as consistent, Wentz is known for his strong arm and improvisational play, qualities that align well with the Chiefs’ dynamic offensive scheme.

With Wentz now in the fold, the Chiefs appear to have secured a reliable insurance option behind their star quarterback as they gear up for the 2024 season.

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