Wentz on extension: Eagles' culture couldn't fit better

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  • By Jelani Scott NFL.com
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The Carson Wentz era is in full effect in Philadelphia and the Super Bowl LII champion is excited about his future with the Eagles.

Following his signing the dotted line last Thursday on a four-year extension worth up to $144 million, Wentz addressed the media Monday about his quick decision to stay with the team that drafted him second overall a mere three years ago.

"I think both sides wanted to get it done. I knew I wanted this to be home for a long time," Wentz said, donned in a dapper green suit with an Eagles pin fastened to his lapel. "Ever since being drafted, it's felt like home and so, as soon as we found something that was a win-win and a fair opportunity, I jumped at it because, like I said, I love this place. I want to be here for a while.

"I don't think this culture or this city could fit me any better, just with the passion that they bring and how bad that they want to win and I'm wired the same way."

While Wentz didn't dive too deep into the specifics of the negotiations, the quarterback noted that talks had been in the works for a couple months and that he didn't want to bog himself down with the details, having confidence in his agents and the organization to find a happy medium.

"There was a lot of different ways this thing could have went. I left it up to them and said 'You guys do what you do.' I have a lot of trust in what they do and how they operate, so I was in the know and not out of the loop, but at the same time I didn't want to get too involved," he said. "I was focused on OTAs and we're out here as a team. I think this ended up working out as it was supposed to."

Although the 2019 season will only be Wentz's fourth in the NFL, the North Dakota State product has accomplished quite a bit in his young career. Numbers don't lie and both the Eagles and Wentz have brought some eye-popping digits to the table, both on and off the field. But, the magic has been strong since Wentz came aboard, and both sides feel that the good times will only keep rolling from here.

"They saw something special in me and at the same time in saw something special in this place. I could see the chemistry, I could see the culture, the makeup from the moment I came here on my visit before the draft," he shared. "I knew there was something different here, I knew there was something special and we were able to accomplish something special a couple years ago.

"It's been quite the ride for these couple years but I'm really excited about what the future brings."

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