Good morning, Eagles fans. Early Birds is now coming to you five days a week. The Monday and Friday versions will look the same as they've been since we launched in September, with the midweek newsletters are taking on a different format. You can find out what's happening at the NovaCare Complex, see the Inquirer/Daily News/philly.com Eagles stories you need to read, and I'll answer a reader's question each day.
Here's what's happening today:
— Zach Berman
Good question, I'm glad you asked. I wrote a story on this topic before the season. A top quarterback is worth top dollar even when he's on the second contract, but there's no doubt that the Eagles have a major advantage with a quarterback on a rookie deal — and it's an advantage they wouldn't have had under the previous collective bargaining agreement. (You can bet Howie Roseman considered this when he pursued the trade last year.) Carson Wentz is eligible for a contract extension after Year 3. The Eagles have a fifth-year option and could give him the franchise tag for the sixth year if they wanted. Of course, the Eagles likely won't want it to get that far. And after the fourth year, the contract becomes expensive. So you're accurate that the Eagles are in an important window now. Former Eagles executive Joe Banner explained it well: