NFL Rumors: Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Jalen Hurts Could Command $50+ Million Per Year on Extension

The Philadelphia Eagles are apparently about to learn the heavy price of excellence. General Manager Howie Roseman communicated the team intends to extend quarterback Jalen Hurts early in the offseason, and ESPN's Dan Graziano projects the contract to exceed $50 million per year.

Only one NFL player has currently surpassed the $50 million per year threshold: Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The four-time MVP signed his three-year, $150.815 deal in 2022 following consecutive All-Pro seasons, but Hurts is much younger and did one thing last year that Rodgers hasn't done since the 2010 season: lead his team to a Super Bowl.

Hurts is about to enter the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, so the Eagles have a little bit of time and flexibility. However, so long as the Eagles believe in their young passer, they'd be wise to put pen to paper sooner than later. Quarterback contract values are exploding, and players like Justin Herbert, Joe Burrow, and Lamar Jackson could all reset the market. 

The sooner (and longer) the Eagles extend Hurts, the likelier they are to get real value. Patrick Mahomes signed a massive 10-year, $450 million in 2020 that at the time made him the highest-paid player in the league in annual average. That number has already been exceeded by three other quarterbacks. Given its length, Mahomes' contract is already one of the league's greatest bargains.
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