The Philadelphia Eagles have benefited from Jalen Hurts salary being what it is, but it’s time to pay him.
It’s almost as if Howie Roseman found a way to blend the unique aspects of Fantasy football with the game we watch week in and week out from September to February. Philly’s vice president has literally built a Fantasy football team with stars at every position, but part of the reason he’s been able to do that is his starting quarterback, Jalen Hurts, is being paid like he’s a long snapper.
Make no mistake about it. Philly’s QB1 is still earning the salary of a third-year player that was drafted in the second round, and that has absolutely given the Philadelphia Eagles the flexibility to land some of the stars that they have acquired. That isn’t going to last though.
Being a second-round draft choice means Philly can’t slap a fifth-year option on Hurts. A deal has to get done, and when we’re discussing a true franchise quarterback that may come to the negotiating table with a Super Bowl win and an MVP nod on his resume, that deal could wind up being a hefty one.
That puts even more pressure on the Birds to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy this season because when Hurts cashes in and we begin discussing guaranteed money, it may be a while before we see an Eagles team with this much financial flexibility again.
Hurts deserves his money, and we’d like to see him get his payday, but once that happens, it becomes more difficult to grab guys like Ndamukong Suh and Linval Joseph in the middle of November. As long as everyone understands that, we won’t have any issues.