Philadelphia Eagles’ General Manager Howie Roseman has confirmed that signing quarterback Jalen Hurts to a long-term contract extension is going to be a top priority for the franchise.
Hurts, who was selected by the Eagles in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, has more than outplayed his rookie contract and has just one year left on his current deal.
The Eagles, who do not have the luxury of a fifth-year option for Hurts because he wasn’t a first round pick, will now have to work out a long-term deal with the young quarterback who has emerged as the franchise’s quarterback of the future.
"It’s no secret that sometime relatively soon we want to extend our quarterback. Our whole kind of roster building is going to turn a little bit here from a quarterback on a rookie deal towards hopefully a quarterback on a long-term deal."
— Howie Roseman on Jalen Hurts
— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) March 27, 2023
Despite being just in his second full season as a starter, Hurts has shown tremendous potential and helped lead the Eagles to a 14-3 record and a Super Bowl appearance.
In the Super Bowl game, Hurts was a standout performer, accounting for four total touchdowns and becoming the first quarterback in the history of the game to rush for three scores. He finished the season with 4,461 total yards, 35 total touchdowns, and only threw 6 interceptions.
If it wasn’t for two missed games due to injury late in the season, Hurts could have been in contention for the league MVP award.
With the next wave of quarterback signings such as Chargers Justin Herbert, Bengals Joe Burrow and Lamar Jackson, Hurts could be in line for a contract that pays upward of $50 million per year, which would make him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.
Hurts has already shown that he has the talent and potential to lead the Eagles to success in the future, and his new contract is expected to reflect his value to the franchise. The Eagles are now in a position where they must work to secure Hurts’ future with the franchise, and the team is expected to do so in the coming months.
Overall, Hurts has impressed the Eagles’ organization with his leadership qualities, his work ethic, and his ability to make plays both with his arm and his legs. With Hurts locked up for the foreseeable future, the Eagles can now focus on building a strong supporting cast around him to ensure that the franchise remains competitive in the years to come.