One of the most dramatic moments of the past NFL weekend (aside from caring about who sat/knelt/stood/whatever for the national anthem) was when rookie kicker Jake Elliott nailed a 61-yard field goal as time expired to give the Philadelphia Eagles a 27-24 win over the New York Giants.
Not only was it the longest field goal in Eagles franchise history, it was also just the second game in Elliott’s career. He was drafted by Cincinnati earlier this year, with the 153rd overall pick (he is just a kicker, after all). We was waived by the Bengals and ended up with the job in Philly when starter Caleb Sturgis was placed on injured reserve with a hip injury.
For the WIN.
— NFL (@NFL) September 24, 2017
As crazy as that game winning kick was, Elliott might be in for an extra bonus from his grateful quarterback. Carson Wentz was mic’d up for the game, and the Eagles released this footage of the second-year QB offering his game check to Elliott if he nailed the long try. Well, Carson, time to put your money where your mouth is.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) September 26, 2017
Wentz is still on a rookie contract, but much of the money was guaranteed in signing and roster bonuses. His actual weekly game check is just 1/16th of his base rate, which is just $540,000 for the year. So if he makes good on his sideline promise, he’ll be forking over almost $34,000 to Elliott. Still, that would more than double the weekly income of the rookie kicker, who will make just $465,000 for the entire 2017 season.