Jalen Hurts now becomes the highest-paid NFL player in history.
The Philadelphia Eagles have made a significant move in their quarterback Jalen Hurts, signing him to a five-year, $255 million contract. This contract makes Hurts the highest-paid player in NFL history, with a total guarantee of $179.304 million. He is only 24 years old and has been with the Eagles since 2020 when he was selected 53rd in the second round.
The Eagles showed their confidence in Hurts by giving him the first no-trade clause in team history, a sign that they see him as a cornerstone of their franchise. The deal was negotiated by Hurts’ agent Nicole Lynn, who is believed to have signed the largest contract ever signed by an agent.
Hurts were productive for the Eagles, starting four games in 2020 and becoming a full-time starter the following year. His third NFL season was his best, completing 66.5% of his passes for 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. He ran for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns, earning a Pro Bowl nod and leading the Eagles to Super Bowl LVII.
Under this new deal, Hurts will receive a raise in 2023, including a $23.294 million cap. He will make $64 million over the first nine years of 2024, and the Eagles will keep him under contract for the next six years. This deal gives the team flexibility in the construction around Hurts, ensuring they can keep the team around him intact.
The total guarantee of $179.304 million on Hurts’ new deal is the second-largest in NFL history, behind only Deshaun Watson’s five-year, $230 million fully guaranteed deal with the Browns last year. Only Watson and Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson had more money guaranteed at signing than Hurts’ $110 million. The total cash is second in NFL history behind only the 10-year, $450 million extension Patrick Mahomes signed with the Chiefs in 2020.
This contract is a significant investment by the Eagles, and it shows their commitment to Hurts as their quarterback of the future. The team clearly believes that he has the potential to lead them to future success, and they are willing to invest heavily in him to make that happen.
Hurts expressed his gratitude for the deal, saying, “I’m grateful for the opportunity that the Eagles organization has given me, and I’m excited to continue building on what we’ve started. This contract is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved, and I’m honored to be a part of this team.”
The Eagles are now in a strong position to build around Hurts, as they have locked up their franchise quarterback for the next six years. With his talent and potential, Hurts can lead the team to future success, and this contract clearly indicates that the Eagles believe in his ability to do so.