Eagles QB Jalen Hurts Becomes Highest-Paid Player in NFL History With 5-Year Extension
Move over, NFL quarterbacks. There’s a new highest-paid player in league history. The Eagles and QB Jalen Hurts agreed to terms on a 5-year, $255 million extension on Monday morning that gives the 24-year-old Super Bowl runner-up the highest-paid annual salary value in NFL history. Yes, Patrick Mahomes got a bigger overall deal but Hurts just broke the bank at $51 million per year. Here are some of the bullet points from the bank-busting contract that keeps the Eagles’ star QB in Philly through 2028.
Hurts Contract Details
The deal includes $179.3 million guaranteed — the largest amount of guaranteed money the Eagles have ever given a player — and the first no-trade clause in Eagles franchise history.
Hurts Star-Status Ascension
Forget projections. Hurts has already arrived. The 53rd overall pick in the 2020 draft has exceeded expectations in his first three seasons. He supplanted Carson Wentz and stole the starting job before making major improvements last season, leading the Eagles to Super Bowl LVII. He finished MVP runner-up with 43 total touchdowns and brought Philly within three points of their second Lombardi Trophy. He’s 23-11 as a starter in the last two seasons, including a 14-1 mark in 2022.
NFL’s Highest Annual Contracts
1. QB Jalen Hurts (PHI): $51 Million / Year
2. QB Aaron Rodgers (GB): $50.3 Million / Year
3. QB Russell Wilson (DEN): $48.5 Million / Year
4. QB Kyler Murray (ARI): $46.1 Million / Year
5. QB Deshaun Watson (CLE): $46 Million / Year
6. QB Patrick Mahomes (KC): $45 Million / Year
*Mahomes’ deal is the largest overall (10 years, $450 million)
Philly just locked up their guy, but three more young star quarterbacks are awaiting similar extensions. Joe Burrow (Bengals), Justin Herbert (Chargers), and Lamar Jackson (Ravens) could be the next contracts to bust the market. For now, the Eagles have their future secured.
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