Skip to main content

Kansas City Chiefs Official Team Website |

Five Things to Know

Five Things to Know About New Chiefs QB Carson Wentz

The Chiefs signed Wentz on Thursday

The Kansas City Chiefs added to their quarterback room on Thursday with the signing of 31-year-old veteran signal caller Carson Wentz.

Here are five things to know about the newest member of the team.

1. He made one start for the Los Angeles Rams last season.

Wentz started the Rams' regular-season finale vs. San Francisco last season and led Los Angeles to a victory, completing 17-of-24 passes for 163 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while posting a passer rating of 99.8 in the contest. Wentz also a recorded a 12-yard touchdown scramble late in the fourth quarter before slinging a successful two-point conversion attempt that put Los Angeles in front.

For the game, Pro Football Focus credited Wentz with three “big time throws” and zero “turnover worthy plays."

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Carson Wentz (11) looks to make a pass during an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, January 7, 2024 in Santa Clara, Calif. (Ben Liebenberg via AP)

2. Wentz was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

It wasn't too long ago that Wentz was considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation. In fact, the Philadelphia Eagles selected Wentz with the No. 2 overall pick back in 2016, and nearly right away, it appeared to be the right decision.

Wentz became the Eagles' starting quarterback immediately and played well as a rookie, throwing for 3,782 yards and 16 touchdowns. He then took a massive leap forward the following year, leading Philadelphia to 11 victories in his 13 starts while throwing 33 touchdowns to just seven interceptions. Wentz was firmly in the MVP conversation headed into the final month of the campaign, but a torn ACL suffered in Week 14 prematurely ended his season.

In 2018, Wentz landed at No. 3 in the annual NFL Top 100 rankings – which is voted on by the players themselves – behind only quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Antonio Brown. He returned to the field in Week 3, but a back injury suffered later in the year ended his season early. Overall, Wentz threw for 3,074 yards and 21 scores on the year.

Wentz then finished fifth in "Comeback Player of the Year" voting in 2019 after tossing 27 touchdowns (and just seven interceptions) while tallying a career-most 4,039 passing yards in 2019. His efforts led Philadelphia to a playoff berth, but Wentz suffered a head injury early in the NFC Wild Card Round – his postseason debut – and did not return.

The 2020 campaign marked Wentz' last in Philadelphia. He threw for 2,620 yards and 16 touchdowns, but his 15 interceptions and 50 quarterback sacks each led the NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz in action during an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

3. Following his time in Philadelphia, Wentz went on to start 24 games between Indianapolis and Washington.

The Eagles traded Wentz to the Colts ahead of the 2021 season in exchange for a package that included a first-round pick. He started all 17 games for Indianapolis that year, leading the Colts to a 9-8 record behind a performance that included 27 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions.

Indianapolis then traded Wentz to the Commanders following the season, where he went on to start seven games over the course of the year. Washington released Wentz after the season concluded, clearing the way for his eventual signing with Los Angeles.

4. In addition to his arm, Wentz has proven to be an effective runner, too.

Wentz – who stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs 237 pounds – is an impressive athlete who can make plays with his legs. He recorded 785 rushing yards in 56 games between the 2016 and 2019 seasons, which ranked 13th among all quarterbacks. Additionally, while in Indianapolis, his 215 rushing yards that year ranked 16th among all passers.

Even last year, despite only starting one game, Wentz's 12-yard touchdown scramble helped lead Los Angeles to a come-from-behind victory.

5. Wentz led North Dakota State to consecutive FCS titles.

A two-year starter for the Bison, Wentz led North Dakota State to FCS Championships in both of his seasons at the helm. He suffered a wrist injury late in his senior year but returned to start – and win – the FCS title game.

Overall, Wentz went 20-3 in his starts and earned "Most Outstanding Player" of the NCAA Championship Game honors both years.

His performance drew the attention of NFL scouts, and after eight seasons in the league, Wentz is headed to Kansas City.

Related Content