PHILADELPHIA - Eagles GM Howie Roseman has finally found his franchise quarterback in Jalen Hurts and plans to sign him to a lucrative contract extension this offseason.
Following a dominant season, in which he led the Philly to the Super Bowl, Hurts has earned the keys to the Eagles' future and is in line for a massive payday.
Roseman and the rest of the Eagles brass have not been shy about their adoration of Hurts and plan to offer him a historic contract extension this offseason.
Eager to sign him before the likes of Joe Burrow, Lamar Jackson, and Justin Herbert reshape the market, the Eagles are reportedly willing to offer Hurts a contract in the neighborhood of $50 million per season.
It would be an upset if that deal did not get done this offseason," ESPN's Adam Schefter said, adding Hurts' average salary could be "north of $45 million."
Hurts is slated to play under a $4.2 million salary in 2023, but the Eagles are expected to extend him well before the start of next season. Since he was a second-round draft pick, Hurts does not have a fifth-year option, which raises the Eagles' incentive to extend him now even more.
Roseman and the Eagles brass also face pressure from its players to extend Hurts. Eagles superstar wideout A.J. Brown joked that he would leave Philly if Hurts is not the team's quarterback.
I love Philly," Brown jokingly said in an appearance on the Raw Room. "And what I'm about to say: You do not pay this man, just ship me off wherever he's (about to) go. Listen, so you're talking about pressure? Howie, get it done."
Many around the league, including ESPN's Dan Graziano, believe that Hurts' contract extension could make him the highest-paid player in the NFL.
I expect the Eagles to work to sign quarterback Jalen Hurts to an extension early in the offseason. They know the price has likely gone to $50 million a year or more, and with Cincinnati's Joe Burrow and the Chargers' Justin Herbert also extension-eligible this summer, and a Lamar Jackson megadeal still possible, the prices at the top of the QB market could ratchet up quickly."
Currently, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is the only NFL player making over $50 million annually.
Should the Eagles extend Hurts this offseason, he will likely surpass that mark to become the highest-paid player in the league.
Hurts, 24, is worth every penny of whatever record-breaking deal Roseman conjures up.
After facing widespread doubt about his ability to thrive as a pocket passer, Hurts proved himself to be one of the elite quarterbacks in football and finished the season as a MVP finalist.
Despite missing a few starts this season due to a shoulder injury, Hurts also became the first quarterback in NFL history to have double-digit rushing touchdowns in consecutive seasons.
Over the past two seasons, since becoming the full-time starter, Hurts has scored 20 rushing touchdowns.
Additionally, Hurts (two) and Cam Newton (three) are the only quarterbacks with multiple such seasons in their careers.
Hurts' dual-threat ability has been the engine of the Eagles' dynamic offense and Philly would be wise to keep him as long as they can, no matter the price.
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