By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
One year ago, many pundits questioned whether Jalen Hurts was a franchise quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Now that has been answered and it’s not what they thought.
He has agreed to a massive extension with the Eagles on Monday. He has agreed to a five-year, $255 million deal.
The deal, if all incentives are awarded, will be worth in total $274 million. Hurts will receive $179.3 million in guaranteed money.
“The thing with Jalen that I’m so optimistic about is he’s just got this incredible – I’m not telling you anything you don’t know here, but seeing him virtually every day, he’s got an incredible passion for being phenomenal,” Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie said recently at the NFL Annual Meeting in Phoenix. “You see that in the great ones. We all know in other sports and with certain quarterbacks in this league, you can define them by their obsession with detail and work ethic.
“We always knew Jalen was talented, had a very live arm that we thought was discounted in college because he was such a great runner, and his character was always considered great, but maybe the advantage we had was we really respected his ability to throw the football and that that would improve based on tremendous work ethic.”
To boot, the Eagles also gave him a no trade clause. This is the first time in team history that the Eagles have given out a no trade clause.
It is the largest deal in NFL history in terms of average salary as he will now make $51 million per season.
He was set to become a free agent at the end of the 2024 season. Now; instead of going on the open market, this deal will kick in following a $4.7 million salary in the final year of his rookie deal in 2023.
Hurts guided the Eagles to the Super Bowl this past February. They were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs in a close game.
He has appeared in 45 games in his NFL career. He made 34 starts. Hurts has gone 23-11 as an NFL starter.
In the regular season, he has gone 648 of 1,040 for 7,906 yards. He has thrown 44 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions.
As a running back, he has had 367 carries for 1,898 yards and 26 touchdowns.
In the postseason, Hurts is 2-2 in four starts. He has gone 81 of 130 for 837 yards while throwing four touchdown passes. He also has two interceptions.
“I think the future is so great for him,” Lurie said. “He’s 24 years old. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever met somebody that mature at age 24. I’d like to think I have – my son (Julian) is 27, he’s very mature – no, Jalen is the most mature 24-year-old I’ve ever come across.
“It’s different. Each franchise quarterback is different. But I’ve always said to you guys, quarterback, GM, coach, facilities, stadium, scouting, those kind of things, those are the keys. Once you can find it, that’s when you’re really excited. We’ll be working with Jalen I’m sure for a long time.”© 2007-2023 The Capital Sports Report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed.