That’s the way you stick by your man. Guess they don’t understand how to do this in Baltimore. Jalen Hurts doesn’t have to worry about whether or not Philadelphia loves him or not, effectively, or at the very least Howie Roseman does. And he may as effectively communicate for the Metropolis of Brotherly Love, besides for a way you’d get handled at Wells Fargo Heart if the Flyers lose (which is rather a lot) as a highway fan. Hurts reportedly will signal a five-year, $255 million contract extension that’ll make him the highest-paid participant in NFL historical past. If that wasn’t sufficient, the deal consists of practically $180 million in assured cash and a no-trade clause. Guess he’ll have sufficient “appeal” across the cheesesteak lovers proper?
Hurts’ haul to throw the pigskin was the apparent transfer for the Eagles. No staff can win a Tremendous Bowl with out an elite quarterback and no participant within the NFL improved their inventory extra final season than Hurts, who went from skinny ice to cult hero in Philadelphia practically in a single day. Regardless of dropping a key piece like Miles Sanders or each coordinators from final season to go teaching jobs, the Eagles are in a spot the place a route again to another Super Bowl looks likely. Their solely true challengers within the NFC are the 49ers. And San Francisco is loaded besides at quarterback, which is akin to saying you’ve obtained the perfect three-legged cat ever. It’ll be practical and good, however it’ll nonetheless stroll humorous and ultimately fall over.
Does Hurts’ play by itself deserve that contract? Nope, not even shut. However it’s provide and demand within the NFL. And with a low provide of comparable components, it’s a straightforward funding for the Eagles to maintain the primary cog in place to earn one other Lombardi Trophy. Hurts will solely be in his fourth yr within the NFL and third as Philadelphia’s opening-week starter. He’s had one legendary season and wanted to get an even bigger bag. The largest bag of all time? No, and his paycheck shall be topped with a Patrick Mahomes, or Joe Burrow extension inside the subsequent 5 years. As wonderful as Hurts proved to be final season, a transparent runner-up within the two-man MVP race, the acute demand for somebody of Hurts’ caliber drove his price ticket. Under no circumstances was Hurts something in need of spectacular final season. He wasn’t “highest-paid participant ever” good.
How does Hurts’ new contract affect the NFL?
That overcompensation, each actually, and figuratively, can have a domino impact for the league aside from one other franchise topping Hurts’ truckload of cash, particularly, in a entrance workplace 100 miles southwest in Baltimore. Lamar Jackson hasn’t introduced Baltimore to a Tremendous Bowl and even an AFC Championship recreation. He’s obtained an extended confirmed monitor file and an MVP award. The Ravens know Jackson’s asking worth rose with Hurts getting his due. And different groups concerned about bringing Jackson’s providers away from the state of Maryland will make Hurts’ contract a serious speaking level of any pitch.
Baltimore doesn’t must prime what the Eagles are paying Hurts to retain Jackson, however one thing within the ballpark now needs to be a requirement, if it wasn’t already. The conditions surrounding the 2 quarterbacks are arduous to match outdoors of straight moolah. Seeing Hurts get his due received’t make Jackson feel any better that he hasn’t been proven the identical love by Baltimore. It’s a good argument to say Hurts deserves it extra in the mean time than Jackson does. It doesn’t imply Jackson doesn’t need to even be given the main-cog place of the staff he performs for. Your transfer, Baltimore.