BREAKING: Eagles make Jalen Hurts the highest-paid player in NFL history with huge five-year extension

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HOUSTON, TX – NOVEMBER 03: Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) escapes pressure in the pocket as he directs his receiver during the football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Houston Texans at NRG Stadium on November 3, 2022 in Houston, TX. (Photo by Ken Murray/Icon Sportswire)

We all knew it was coming, but we didn’t know when and we didn’t know for how much. Eagles fans now have answers to both of those questions. Jalen Hurts is going to be an Eagle until at least 2028.

Jalen Hurts is a Philadelphia Eagle

The Philadelphia Eagles announced today that the young quarterback has signed a five-year extension worth $225M with $179M guaranteed. He’s officially the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Hurts, the team’s second-round pick in 2020 has grown into a franchise quarterback for Philadelphia. The former Oklahoma standout threw for over 3,500 yards and accounted for over 35 touchdowns in his third season in the league. With Hurts leading the show, the Eagles set franchise records in points, rushing touchdowns, and wins.

His loss in Super Bowl LVII also showed Jalen Hurts‘ overall importance to the team. The quarterback accounted for 375 of the 415 yards of offense: over 80% of the offensive production for the birds in the Super Bowl.

Unfortunately, Hurts’ heroic performance couldn’t make up for his defense which loss the game in the final seconds 38-35.

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) runs in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2022. The Eagles defeated the Colts 17-16. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The contract extension Hurts’ received comes before other top signal-callers like Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, and Lamar Jackson have gotten. As things stand, Howie Roseman has made Jalen Hurts the highest-paid player in NFL history, setting the bar for the aforementioned trio to beat.

Eagles not done yet?

Howie Roseman and the Eagles won’t be done though. Hurts had only one year left on his rookie deal and was in line for an extension. With the biggest piece of the puzzle now locked in, Howie can begin focusing on how best to deploy his pair of first-round picks.

Even with the large turnover coming on defense, it’s clear the Eagles are ready and prepared to enter the next stage in their contending process with Jalen Hurts leading the charge.

AP Photo/Darron Cummings