Breaking down Jalen Hurts massive five-year extension with Eagles

Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Jalen Hurts #1, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

We knew the extension was coming. We just didn’t know when it would be announced. Now, we have our answer. We asked questions about whether Jalen Hurts would accept a team-friendly offer or break the bank. That question has been answered as well.

Ten days ahead of the 2023 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles announced a massive five-year, $255 million extension with QB1 to keep him in the fold through the 2028 NFL season. Jalen Hurts earned and received his money. Philly has its franchise signal-caller. Both sides are happy. How’s that for a commitment?

QB1 and the Eagles organization are married now… They are… We’re well past the dating phase. Here’s what you need to know about the deal as more information continues to roll in.

Three components of the Eagles and Jalen Hurts extension are truly eye-popping.

We have never seen an extension that is structured like this in Eagles franchise history. Here are three aspects of the final deal that are definitely worth a discussion.

1. The deal comes with a no-trade clause.

This is massive. The Philadelphia Eagles have given huge deals to so many players that have come and gone. THEY HAVE NEVER WRITTEN A NO-TRADE CLAUSE INTO ANY CONTRACT EXTENSION. Regardless of what happens between now and the conclusion of the 2028 NFL season, Jalen Hurts will be on the roster.

We have certainly come a long way, haven’t we?

One year ago, the Eagles organization showed interest in Desahaun Watson. They had an interest in Russell Wilson. Thank goodness none of that worked out.

It’s safe to say we’re all happy with the franchise signal-caller, correct? QB1 isn’t going anywhere, and Philadelphia doesn’t want him to. That’s a huge statement.

2. Jalen Hurts is now the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Jalen Hurts’ deal includes $179.3 million in guarantees. He now also tops the list of annual salaries earned by current NFL quarterbacks.

To make long stories shorter, Jalen Hurts is now the highest-paid player in NFL history.

3. Jalen Hurts will be eligible for free agency again before his 30th birthday.

Some thought Hurts might structure a longer extension, one that resembles the Patrick Mahomes deal. We have mentioned that the no=trade clause is huge. This represents a massive level of commitment by both sides.

Here’s something else to consider. He’ll be 29 years young when this extension ends. In other words, he’ll be able to cash in again before his 30th birthday. Something tells us he will.

Just in case you’re curious:

Klutch Sports wins big here. Jalen Hurts’ agent, Nicole Lynn, has successfully completed the largest deal negotiated by a woman in sports history. We have to tip the cap to her.