After coming up just three points shy of the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII, The Philadelphia Eagles have locked up marquee quarterback Jaylen Hurts. Signing a five-year, $255 million contract extension has made the QB the highest-paid NFL player to date. However, with only $179.3 million guaranteed, he isn’t the top guaranteed money. That belongs to Cleveland Browns QB Deshaun Watson and his $230 million guaranteed contract.
Hurts also broke a barrier for Philadelphia Eagles players with this contract, as he is now the first player in team history to have a no-trade clause worked into his contract. His firm commitment to the city of brotherly love has fans ecstatic.
In just his second season as the full-time starter on the team, he took away Donovan McNabb’s record by throwing 43 touchdowns in a season. This, combined with his 66.4 QB rating, 66.5% completion rate, and dropping his “time-to-throw” to 2.76 seconds all gave the team the drive to offer such a lucrative deal. Given his 14-1 record last year, with two games missed due to a shoulder strain, Hurts has shown that he wants to play the game, not just get paid for nothing.
Over the last few years, the league has changed extensively. A mobile true dual threat QB like Hurts in Phillie, Josh Allen in Buffalo, and Joe Burrow in Cincinnati are the future of the NFL QBs. Featuring a football knowledge base more extensive than the NFL Films collection, these leaders know how to motivate their teammates, pick apart defenses, and make split-second decisions on the fly. They do it better than anyone else, and that’s why they are signing such incredible contracts.