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    Philadelphia Eagles players push back on report labeling QB Carson Wentz as 'selfish'
    Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY Published 1:08 p.m. ET Jan. 21, 2019

    A collection of Philadelphia Eagles players defended quarterback Carson Wentz in the wake of a report that labeled Wentz as “selfish,” “uncompromising,” and “egotistical.”

    The article, published Monday morning by the Philly Voice, cites “more than half a dozen players, plus other sources close to the team” – all of which were unnamed. The story paints the image of a fractured locker room and calls Wentz’s leadership into question.

    Some of Wentz’s teammates quickly fired back.

    “Reading through this Carson Wentz thing and as a leader on this team none of that is true Carson is a great teammate and great player we are all behind him 100% he’s our guy and will come back and prove the world wrong,” all-pro defensive tackle Fletcher Cox posted on his verified Twitter account. “If you got a problem feel free to @ me I’ll respond”

    Tight end Zach Ertz, one of Wentz’s closest friends, also chimed in.

    “Don’t believe everything you read!!!” Ertz wrote on Twitter. “Carson has been nothing but a GREAT person, GREAT teammate and GREAT leader since Day 1. Our locker room stands behind him all the way. We can’t wait to get back to work and be the best team we can be in 2019! #FlyEaglesFly”

    Right tackle Lane Johnson also wrote on Twitter: “Whoever wrote that article needs to check their "sources". #fakenews

    Carson has been and is our leader and our QB. Y'all know where to find me if you have any issues.#flyeaglesfly”

    Wentz has been productive over the past two seasons, throwing for 54 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. In each year, however, an injury late in the season has forced him to miss time and put backup quarterback Nick Foles in control of the offense as the team embarked on runs to the postseason.

    Behind Foles, the Eagles won their first Super Bowl title last year by beating the New England Patriots. Philadelphia reached the divisional round this season after beating the Chicago Bears in a wild-card matchup, but the defending champions then fell to the New Orleans Saints.

    But the franchise has some decisions to make with Foles’ future. Coach Doug Pederson and general manager Howie Roseman said in a news conference last week that Wentz will continue to be the team’s starter into next season, but the two also said they would like to have Foles back.

    Foles, 30, has a mutual option in his contract that the Eagles must first exercise for the 2019 season. If they do, then Foles will get the chance to accept or decline the option, worth $20 million for next season. If he voids the option, he has to pay back $2 million

    Wentz, meanwhile, is set to enter the final season of his fully guaranteed, four-year rookie contract, though the Eagles can exercise a fifth-year option for the 2020 season.

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