Mike Wallace Says Carson Wentz Was '99 Percent' of Reason He Joined Eagles

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2018

BALTIMORE, MD - NOVEMBER 27: Wide Receiver Mike Wallace #17 of the Baltimore Ravens catches the ball in warm ups prior to the game against the Houston Texans at M&T Bank Stadium on November 27, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
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Nick Foles may have won the Philadelphia Eagles a Vince Lombardi Trophy, but Carson Wentz is still their greatest asset when it comes to recruiting free agents.             

Speaking to reporters at his introductory press conference Friday, wide receiver Mike Wallace said Wentz was "99 percent" of the reason why he signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Eagles, according to the Philadelphia Daily News' Les Bowen

Wallace added that he turned down more lucrative offers in order to play with the reigning Super Bowl champions. 

"I want to win, and this team is loaded," he said, according to Dave Spadaro of the team's official website. 

Incidentally, Alshon Jeffery—who inked a one-year prove-it deal before agreeing to a new four-year contract during the 2017 season—cited Wentz as the main reason he signed with Philly a year ago. 

"[Wentz] had a lot to do with my decision," Jeffery said at the time, via NBC Sports Philadelphia. "He's a great quarterback. I mean, the sky's the limit for him. He's going to be a future MVP."

Wentz appeared to be on track to capture MVP honors entering December, but he suffered a torn ACL in Week 14 against the Los Angeles Rams

In 13 starts, he completed 60.2 percent of his passes for 3,296 yards, 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His 74.4 QBR also led all qualified passers. 

Now on the mend, Wentz will try to get back to 100 percent in time for Week 1 of the 2018 campaign, when the Eagles raise their Super Bowl 52 banner at Lincoln Financial Field.