Jalen Hurts’ contract extension: what’s the hold up?

Jalen Hurts contract extension: what's the hold up
Jalen Hurts is line for a massive contract extension (Photo Credit-Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia Eagles’ moves in free agency have been the forefront of team news this past week. But it has been over a month since general manager Howie Roseman admitted he’d like to re-sign Jalen Hurts as soon as possible. That prompts the question: what’s taking so long for Hurts’ contract extension to be agreed to?

Re-signing a franchise quarterback is a strung-out process, one that is rarely accomplished overnight. Hurts is in line to break the bank after a career-year. He led the 14-3 Eagles to the club’s fourth Super Bowl appearance in just his third season in the league. He finished the year as the MVP runner-up. In 15 games played throughout the regular season, Hurts amassed 3,701 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and just six interceptions. On the ground, he ran for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns.

The numbers, as well as the current quarterback market, suggest that Hurts is due for roughly $50 million per year. Daniel Jones just received a four-year, $160 million extension. That gives Jones an average salary of $40 million. Clearly, you can see why Hurts is set to make as much as he is. The market is high right now. Nonetheless, the Eagles had other needs to fulfill before the season.

The team had 19 players hit free agency, and they were key pieces to the Super Bowl run. Obviously, the team had to shift focus to retaining some of their guys. Otherwise, teams would have pounced on players such as James Bradberry, Brandon Graham, Jason Kelce and Fletcher Cox. I mean, fans saw how quickly Javon Hargrave signed with the San Francisco 49ers. At the start of free agency, Hurts’ contract extension can afford to wait.

Moreover, it also provides flexibility for the Eagles. As the two sides discuss a lucrative deal, Hurts is most likely allowing Roseman to make the necessary signings needed to make another run. The star quarterback has always been a team-first guy. His patience is allowing cap flexibility. The team entered the offseason with little cap space. When the extension is agreed upon, there is a good chance Hurts is set to earn more per year in the latter half of his contract.

Hurts has one year left on his current rookie deal. He’s set to hit free agency following the 2024 season, so, if they decide to, the two sides could negotiate during the season. However, in most cases players prefer not to do that. If I were a betting man, I’d bet that the two sides to come to an agreement before the start of the preseason.

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