Reports: Chiefs add Carson Wentz as backup QB

Carson Wentz is headed to his fifth team in as many years, as the veteran quarterback agreed to a one-year deal to back up Patrick Mahomes with the Kansas City Chiefs, multiple media outlets reported Monday night.

Wentz, 31, takes the spot previously occupied by Blaine Gabbert, who is currently a free agent.

Selected second overall by the Eagles in the 2016 draft out of North Dakota State, Wentz spent five years in Philadelphia. He made the Pro Bowl in 2017 but missed the postseason that year due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament, and the Eagles went on to win the Super Bowl with Nick Foles at quarterback.

After producing a 35-32-1 record as Philadelphia’s starter, went on to one-year stints as a starter with the Indianapolis Colts in 2021 (9-8 record) and the Washington Commanders in 2022 (2-5 record).

Last year, he was unsigned until midseason before landing with the Los Angeles Rams. Wentz saw his only action of the year when he started the regular-season finale in place of Matthew Stafford as the Rams and the San Francisco 49ers rested players ahead of the postseason. Los Angeles emerged with a 21-20 win. Wentz threw for 163 yards and two touchdowns, and he was intercepted once.

In eight NFL seasons, Wentz owns a 47-45-1 mark as a starter. He has completed 62.7 percent of his passes for 22,292 yards and 153 TDs with 67 interceptions.

The Chiefs have two other quarterbacks under contract, both 26 years old: Chris Oladokun, who has yet to make his NFL debut; and Ian Book, whose lone NFL appearance was a start (and loss) for the New Orleans Saints in 2021.


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