PHILADELPHIA (WTXF/AP)- The Philadelphia Eagles have signed rookie Quarterback Carson Wentz to a rookie contract.
The team announced the signing on their website and Facebook early Thursday afternoon, and included a photo of the number two overall pick in the 2016 draft putting his pen to paper.
The 6-foot-5 Wentz led the North Dakota Bison to their fifth consecutive FCS title last season. He passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year that was shortened by a wrist injury. Wentz only started his final two seasons and didn't face big-time competition.
Wentz is the first quarterback from North Dakota State selected in the draft. He's the first quarterback chosen by the Eagles in the first round since 1999, when Andy Reid took Donovan McNabb at No. 2 overall. McNabb led Philadelphia to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance.
Getting there won't be good enough for Wentz. The Eagles haven't won an NFL title since 1960 and their fans are starved for a championship.
The Eagles paid a steep price for Wentz, giving Cleveland the eighth overall pick, a third-round pick (No. 77), a fourth-rounder (No. 100), plus a first-rounder in 2017 and a second-rounder in 2018 for the second pick and a fourth-rounder in 2017. They moved up to eighth by trading the 13th pick, cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso to Miami.