Philadelphia Eagles Prioritizing Extension With Star Quarterback

The Philadelphia Eagles came as close as it gets to winning the Super Bowl this past season, and they know better than to mess with a good thing. Speaking with the media Monday, general manager Howie Roseman reiterated that signing quarterback Jalen Hurts to an extension remained a top priority.

ESPN's Dan Graziano projected Hurts' upcoming extension to exceed $50 million per year earlier this offseason, and why not? Hurts led the Eagles to top three finishes in yards gained and points scored last year, and he was dominant in their postseason run, compiling 543 passing yards and 143 rushing yards with eight total touchdowns over three games.

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. If the Eagles want to match or exceed the team that defeated them in the Super Bowl, they'll need similar luck.

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