Kansas City Chiefs Sign Carson Wentz: Former MVP Candidate Now Looking To Learn From Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid

The Kansas City Chiefs have found their new backup QB after signing Carson Wentz. Can the former top pick return to form behind Patrick Mahomes?

In 2017, Carson Wentz was viewed as an MVP candidate and one of the rising stars in the NFL. Then Wentz tore his ACL and was replaced by backup quarterback Nick Foles, who led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history.

In what can be viewed as an odd, full-circle moment, Wentz is now reportedly signing to become the backup quarterback on a different Super Bowl contender. After several years of trying to leave Foles’ shadow, Wentz is now possibly trying to imitate him.

Kansas City Chiefs Sign Former MVP Candidate Carson Wentz

According to Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report, the Kansas City Chiefs are signing Wentz to a one-year deal. While it’s clear that Patrick Mahomes is the starter in Kansas City, this could be the best decision that Wentz has made in his NFL career.

After a messy end to his time in Philadelphia, Wentz has bounced around the league over the last three seasons. After being traded from the Eagles to the Indianapolis Colts, Wentz was traded once again to the Washington Commanders. Following his release from the Commanders, Wentz eventually signed with the Los Angeles Rams.

While Wentz has spent the past several years bouncing from team to team, Kansas City will represent a sense of stability for the seemingly lost quarterback. Given the unquestioned status of Mahomes and the presence of head coach Andy Reid, Wentz will be in a perfect position to take advantage of any opportunities that may come his way.

The Chiefs are obviously in a position to compete for their third consecutive Super Bowl victory next season. Wentz will surely understand that he is one injury away from becoming the starting quarterback of a championship-contending team.

Wentz Must Capitalize on Potential Last Opportunity

While Mahomes doesn’t miss many games, former Chiefs backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert did start in Week 18 last season. Despite throwing for 154 passing yards and three interceptions, the Chiefs still beat the Los Angeles Chargers 13-12. That type of victory proves how special the situation in Kansas City truly is.

Ironically enough, Wentz started in Week 18 for the Rams last season as well. Wentz showcased that he still has some juice, as he finished with three total touchdowns in a 21-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. That performance likely earned Wentz another opportunity in the NFL, ultimately with the Chiefs.

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Now it’ll be up to Wentz to capitalize on what very well could be his final chance in the NFL. Although there’s a chance that Wentz will never see the field during a meaningful game in Kansas City, he’ll need to be ready if called upon.

After seeing his time with the Eagles essentially ended by a backup quarterback, Wentz must use that fuel and add it to the fire in Kansas City. The Chiefs have plenty of weapons for any quarterback to flourish in their offense — it’ll just be up to Wentz to do his best impersonation of Foles if given the opportunity.

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