Fresh off a Super Bowl appearance in just his third year in the NFL, Jalen Hurts got his bag.
The dual-threat quarterback agreed to a five-year, $255 million extension with the Eagles on Monday (April 17), making him the highest paid player in NFL history in terms of average annual value. The deal includes over $179 million in guaranteed money and a no-trade clause — the first in Eagles history, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Keeping the main thing in Philly.
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) April 17, 2023
Hurts will be paid an average of $51 million per year until 2028, just edging out Aaron Rodgers‘ $50.3 million AAV for the most in the league. His nearly $180 million in guarantees trails only Kyler Murray ($189.5M) and Deshaun Watson, who’s fully guaranteed $230 million contract he signed with the Browns last offseason is still the most guaranteed money in NFL history.
The deal was carried out by Nicole Lynn, Hurts’ agent and President of Football Operations at Klutch Sports Group who previously became the first Black woman to represent a first-round NFL draft pick (Quinnen Williams, 2019). Hurts employs an all-female management team, with women running social media, marketing and communications for the 24-year-old.
— ESPN (@espn) April 17, 2023
The runner-up in MVP voting a season ago, Hurts made major strides in his career by throwing for 3,701 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions while rushing for 760 yards and 13 scores. With him at QB, the Eagles went 14-1, securing the No. 1 seed but falling just short in their 38-35 loss to the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII. Hurts was also named an All-Pro and was selected to his first Pro Bowl thanks to his career year.
A second-round pick in 2020, Hurts was undervalued coming out of college despite winning a national championship his junior year and finishing second in Heisman Trophy voting the following year. He took over for a struggling Carson Wentz towards the end of the 2020 season and never looked back, going 23-11 as a starter and breaking multiple franchise QB records.
Jalen Hurts' mindset has never changed 🦅
—4 ⭐️ recruit coming out of high school
—Led Bama to the CFP National Championship, but was replaced in the 2nd half
—Led Bama to an SEC title the following year after entering late in the 4th quarter
—Transferred to OU
—2019 Heisman… pic.twitter.com/NA1Jl4nNOg
— NFL (@NFL) April 17, 2023
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