Coming off an MVP-type season leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a Super Bowl appearance, Jalen Hurts has cashed in his successful season into a five-year extension worth $255 million to make him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the extension includes $179.3 million guaranteed along with a no-trade clause, the first time in Eagles history that a player has received a no-trade clause in his contract.
Before the historic extension, Hurts was entering the final year of his rookie contract after being drafted by the Eagles with the No. 53 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. Prior to the 2022 season, there were question marks surrounding Hurts’ ability to pass the football. Howie Roseman, the Eagles' general manager, made a trade in the offseason to acquire A.J. Brown, a star wide receiver from the Tennessee Titans, to go along with DeVonta Smith, providing Hurts with the weapons needed for him to be successful.
In his 2022 season, the former Alabama star silenced all his critics, throwing for 3,701 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions, completing 66.5% of his passes for a passer rating of 101.5. On top of his passing success, Hurts also continued his rushing success, running for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns on 165 rushes.
Hurts’ offensive success led him to a second place finish in the MVP voting, falling just short of the MVP winner, Patrick Mahomes. The second place finish was the best finish by an Eagles player since Donovan McNabb finished runner-up to Marshall Faulk in 2000.
Despite an MVP-type performance, Hurts and the Eagles would also come up short to Mahomes in the Super Bowl, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs 38-35. He finished the game with 304 yards passing and one passing touchdown, while also recording three rushing touchdowns on 70 rushing yards.
Over the offseason, the Eagles have lost a couple of key pieces from their Super Bowl roster, but they have their quarterback of the future locked up and ready to take on the task of carrying the Eagles back to the Super Bowl.
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