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Carson Wentz Previously Turned Chiefs Down Before Signing

The new Chiefs backup quarterback has reportedly rejected Kansas City's offer last year.

Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports
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The Kansas City Chiefs pulled off an unexpected move on Monday night and signed former second-overall pick Carson Wentz to a one-year deal. Whether Wentz will immediately get the keys to the backup QB role or if there is going to be a training camp competition for it remains to be seen, but reports indicate that Kansas City had their eyes on the former Eagles signal-caller for a while.

According to Chase Daniel of the NFL Network, the Chiefs wanted to sign Wentz last year, but he didn't like the offer and decided to sign with the Rams and back Matthew Stafford up instead.

Chiefs News: Carson Wentz Previously Turned Kansas City Down

The Chiefs had started the season with Blaine Gabbert as their backup QB last year. At the time, Carson Wentz was unsigned and spent the first half of the season without a team. He had been released by the Washington Commanders in February 2023 with two years remaining on his contract.

After Wentz turned them down, the Chiefs continued with Gabbert as their backup. The 34-year-old started the final week of the season against the Chargers and came away with the 13-12 win despite going 15-30 with no touchdowns and an interception.

Wentz was similarly seldom used last season. He started the Rams' last game of the season against the 49ers, and went 17-24 for 163 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception.

The 31-year-old Wentz has struggled in previous stops when he had to be the starter but as a backup to Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs certainly could have done worse than him.

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