Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is now the highest-paid player in the NFL following a new five-year contract extension.
On Monday, the Eagles publicly announced they “agreed to terms with Jalen Hurts on a 5-year extension through the 2028 season” and it wasn’t long before NFL insider Ian Rappaport and Adam Schefter shared the contract cost a record-breaking $255 million.
Rappaport reported a guaranteed $179.3 million for injury and even said a no-trade agreement is written into the contract. Although this contract is seemingly shocking, it is no surprise the Eagles want to keep him on their team considering in his second year starting he already led his team to the Super Bowl.
Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie have also been outspoken about his respect for Hurts, believing that the player is more than worth the investment. In late March, Lurie spoke very highly of the 24-year-old quarterback.
“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,” he said during 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,” Lurie added.
However, the praise for Hurts did not stop there. The Eagles CEO proceeded to recognize the maturity of the quarterback, despite his incredibly young age.
“I think the future is so great for him. He’s 24 years old. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever met somebody that mature at age 24,” Lurie relayed. “Jalen is the most mature 24-year-old I’ve ever come across.”
Jalen Hurts plans to better himself following Super Bowl loss
In response to losing the Super Bowl, Hurts definitely displayed significant signs of maturity. Rather than complaining about the loss, he told fans he would learn from his mistakes and be the best leader he can be for his team.
“I think I’m going to move forward with all of those experiences in mind and try to use those things to better myself and grow and help the guys around me,” he shared at the end of the 2022 NFL season. “You have to look yourself in the mirror and assess it for what it is and do the things that need to be done to grow from it. I think that’s my mentality going on and I think that will be this whole entire team’s mentality moving forward.”
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