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NFL free agent Carson Wentz causes outrage by posing with bear he killed

NFL quarterback Carson Wentz has been heavily criticised after posting an image of a dead black bear that he'd bowhunted in Alaska.

The former Philadelphia Eagle, Indianapolis Colt and Washington Commander is a keen hunter, having posted images of several animals that he's killed before, but none have caused as much outrage as the bear he posed with on Friday.

The Super Bowl winner and former MVP candidate Wentz finds himself out of the league at current state after three rough years, being dumped by all three aforementioned teams, going from a top 10 starting quarterback to arguably the worst since 2010.

And several commenters on his Instagram have made jokes at his expense after he posted the image with the huge bear.

On Instagram, he posted the image with himself perched on top of the bear, with the caption reading: "Got the opportunity to spot and stalk black bear in one of our new favorite places on earth -- Alaska! Incredible trip and an incredible animal!"

Hunting bears is allowed in parts of Alaska, with the American state having around 30,000 bears in its vicinity. However, it is a hobby that is not agreed with by many - especially when posing with the animal, usually known as 'trophy hunting'.

And while many voiced their disgust with Wentz for posing with the animal, others made jokes about Wentz' downfall over the past few years. One wrote: "I'm shocked the bear didn't intercept the bullet," while another wrote: "I bet he tore both ACL's trying to shoot that bear".

Another took a clever swipe at Wentz' Super Bowl credentials - after his backup Nick Foles won the game for the Eagles that season, while Wentz was out injured. The NFL fan posted: "Maybe Nick Foles shot it and he just tried to take credit for it."

However, some have been supportive of Wentz - including the man he took his job last season. After an incredibly poor start to the year, he was benched by the Commanders for backup Taylor Heinicke - who also went on to struggle before joining the Atlanta Falcons. Heinickie wrote: "Holy s*** man! Need a taste of 'em."

Wentz remains a free agent just a month before training camp begins, telling ESPN that he intends to play in 2023 and is waiting for the 'right situation' - while training with former NFL head coach Jon Gruden this off-season.

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