All last season, the Eagles were marketing the slogan “It’s a Phiily Thing.”
Well, make no mistake. Right now, it’s a Jalen Thing.
That's because Monday was payday for Jalen Hurts.
Was it ever.
The Philadelphia Eagles announced that quarterback Jalen Hurts agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension through the 2028 season. The deal, according to several reports, is for $255 million ($51 million per year), highlighted by $179 million guaranteed. It also features the first no-trade clause in team history.
Hurts, who turns 25 on Aug. 7, is now the highest-paid player in NFL history in terms of average annual value. He was drafted No. 53 in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
PennStakes.com – your source for Pennsylvania sports betting and casino news – wanted to see how Hurts compared with the other top quarterback contracts in the NFL in terms of when they were drafted and how their teams fared the season following their megadeals.
Comparing Hurts with Other QB Megadeals
Utilizing information from OverTheCap.com and nfl.com, we compiled this list of massive recent NFL QB contracts:
Putting Hurts Deal in Context
In his third season, Jalen Hurts led the Eagles to just the third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. The Birds lost to the Kansas City Chiefs and star quarterback Patrick Mahomes, 38-35, on Feb. 12 in Glendale, Ariz.
In that game, Hurts totaled 374 yards of offense. He completed 27 of 38 passes for 304 yards and a touchdown plus had 15 carries for 70 yards with three rushing TDs (a Super Bowl record for a QB). Hurts also converted a two-point conversion to tie the game at 35-35 with just over five minutes remaining before Mahomes and the Chiefs took over for the winning score.
Mahomes, of course, is on our list. Picked 10th overall by the Chiefs in the 2017 draft, Mahomes signed a 10-year, $450 million pact four years later. The following season, he led the Chiefs to the Super Bowl LV, where they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Not all the quarterbacks led their teams to postseason success after signing for crazy big bucks.
In fact, Aaron Rodgers (Packers), Russell Wilson (Broncos), Deshaun Watson (Browns), Matthew Stafford (Rams) and Kyler Murray (Cardinals) did not make the playoffs at all the year after signing major contracts.
It is unusual that a quarterback who earned that kind of money isn’t a first-round pick.
But Hurts is not alone on that list. Wilson was a third-round pick and Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys was a steal in Round 4.
Also of note, Hurts is joined on the list with two other NFC East signal callers: Prescott and the Giants’ Daniel Jones.
So, what is expected of the Eagles in the NFC East and leaguewide next season by Pennsylvania sports betting apps?
Over at BetMGM PA Sportsbook, the Eagles today are co-favorites to win the NFC with the San Francisco 49ers at +350 and are tied for second choice with three other teams (Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, 49ers) to win the Super Bowl at +900. The defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs are the favorite at +650.
FanDuel PA Sportsbook has the Eagles as a +110 favorite to win the NFC East over the Cowboys (+170), Giants (+550) and Washington Commanders (+950).
Now that the quarterback is locked up for the next several years, the Eagles will focus on the NFL Draft (April 27-29) in Kansas City. The Eagles have the No. 10 and No. 30 selections in the first round.
As for the next big quarterback deal, the Bengals and Joe Burrow are on the clock.
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