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Philadelphia Eagles sign QB Jalen Hurts to 5-Year $255 Million Contract Extension
On Monday, April 17th, 2023, the Philadelphia Eagles have reached an agreement with their young superstar quarterback, Jalen Hurts, to sign him to a 5-year contract extension worth up to approximately $255 million.
This new deal comes just after Hurts led the Philadelphia Eagles to Super Bowl LVII on Sunday, February 12th, 2023, in which the Kansas City Chiefs narrowly defeated the Philadelphia Eagles with a final score of 38 to 35.
The newly reached agreement valued at $255 million between Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles runs from 2024 through 2028, and Jalen is now scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the year 2029. The contract extension includes $179,300,000 in total fully guaranteed money, and Jalen will receive a total of $110 million in guaranteed money at the time of the signing. There is a signing bonus of $23,294,000 involved as well as.
This year (2023) Hurts will earn a base salary of $4,204,000, and he can hit a workout bonus of $100,000 while carrying a salary cap hit of $4,789,486 on the Philadelphia Eagles books. This upcoming season will mark the final year of Jalen’s NFL rookie contract which was a standard 4-year deal worth up to approximately $6,025,171 and $2,825,815 of that was totally fully guaranteed money.
By next year Hurts will earn an average annual salary of $51 million per year, which is now the highest in the National Football League now. The contract extension includes $15 million in incentives in which the details have not yet been disclosed to the public, and this new deal also has a full no trade clause worked into the new agreement between the Philadelphia Eagles and Hurts.
Production for the Philadelphia Eagles
From 2020 through 2022 Hurts has compiled a total of 7,906 passing yards, 648 completions, 44 passing touchdowns, 19 interceptions, and he has taken 44 sacks. He has put together an NFL record of 23 - 11 - 0 throughout his 34 - games that he has started at quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles. Hurts has played in a total of 45 - games for the Philadelphia Eagles as well.
Hurts has been known to be a dual threat in the National Football League over the course of his first three seasons in the NFL. Jalen has picked up a total of 1,898 rushing yards on 367 rushing attempts. He has found on the endzone of his feet for 26 total rushing touchdowns from 2020 through 2022.
The Amazing 2022-2023 NFL Season for Hurts
The now 24-year-old Hurts, was a candidate for the NFL’s MVP Award during the 2022-2023 NFL season. He threw for 3,701 passing yards as well as 22 touchdown passes, and only 6 interceptions while he rushed for 760 yards and 13 touchdown scores too. His 43 total touchdowns on the NFL season last year surpassed Donovan McNabb for most ever in a single season in the elaborate franchise history of the Philadelphia Eagles which helped to propel him to second - team NFL All-Pro honors as well as an NFL Pro Bowl selection.
One of Hurts’ best overall performances last season came during the biggest game of the year in Super Bowl LVII. In Super Bowl LVII Jalen compiled a total of 374 yards as well as 4 touchdowns, but he did account for 1 very costly turnover in a 38 to 35 hurtful loss to Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Progression of Hurts from College Football to the NFL
Hurts’ ascension to where he is now as one of the top elite quarterbacks in the National Football League was not easy or even a straight line of progression like many of the other top NFL QB’s. Hurts was the 1st - freshman quarterback to start for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide and their legendary head coach, Nick Saban. Although, he was eventually benched during the College Football National Championship game in favor of Alabama deciding to play Tua Tagovailoa during the next season which ultimately led to Jalen losing his starting quarterback job at Alabama.
Hurts made the wise decision to transfer to the University of Oklahoma Sooners for his senior year of college ball, and Hurts had a big-time standout campaign at Oklahoma where he finished that year in 2nd place to Joe Burrow in Heisman Trophy Award voting. Hurts was a 2nd round selection of the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2020 NFL Draft. He managed to take over as the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles for a struggling Carson Wentz toward the end of Jalen’s rookie NFL season. He became the full-time starting QB in 2021 once Wentz was ultimately traded to the Indianapolis Colts.
Hurts has put together an overall record of 23 and 11 as a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles, including a 14 and 1 record last season because Jalen had to miss 2 games with a right shoulder strain towards the end of the 2022-2023 NFL regular season.
Hurts’ Football Career Achievements, Honors, & Awards
- Second - Team NFL All - Pro Selection (2022)
- NFL Pro Bowl Selection (2022)
- Bert Bell Award Winner (2022)
- College Football Playoff National Champion (2017)
- 2018 Sugar Bowl Offensive MVP Award Winner (2018)
- Big - 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year Award Winner (2019)
- First - Team All - Big - 12 Selection (2019)
- First - Team All - SEC Selection (2016)
- SEC Offensive Player of the Year Award Winner (2016)
- SEC Freshman of the Year Award Winner (2016)
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