Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts got a lot of money in his new contract deal. His deal was for $255 million over five years. But, of course, that’s not all guaranteed money. Hurts received $179.3 million guaranteed. That’s a lot of money, but it wasn’t the fully guaranteed deal Deshaun Watson so famously received.
Hurts’ move was the give the Eagles flexibility to keep growing the team. It’s a selfless and smart move.
“You look at all the great teams with great players, it takes a village,” Hurts commented, via Jeff Kerr of CBS Sports. “We got something special going on. We all wanna do it for a long time. It was important to take that approach.”
So, what makes this move so interesting? Hurts, Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert are coming off great seasons, and they all could have gotten fully guaranteed deals. Hurts, obviously, finished No. 2 in the NFL MVP voting. He also was crucial in getting the Eagles to a Super Bowl. He certainly could have held out for a fully guaranteed deal that was even better than Watson’s deal. But, Hurts took a deal where about 70% of the cash is guaranteed. Again, that’s a lot of money at $179.3 million. But, it could have been higher. Hurts will set a precedent for other quarterbacks who are making their deals, to boot.
“Money is nice. Championships are better,” Hurts said. We love to hear that, Hurts. That’s pretty much the best thing he could have said about his new contract.