The Eagles forward-thinking approach has them set for now and the future

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FILE — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts celebrates a touchdown run by Kenneth Gainwell during the first half of the team’s NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 27, 2022, in Philadelphia. Jalen Hurts is set to sign one of the richest deals in NFL history, agreeing to a five-year, $255 million extension with the Philadelphia Eagles, including $179.3 million guaranteed, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The Eagles announced on Monday, April 17, “QB1 is here to stay,” but terms were not yet announced, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet final. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola, File)

The Eagles have now secured their future as they have signed Jalen Hurts to a massive 5-year deal. While Jalen Hurts will be the highest-paid player in NFL history, one has to look at this from the Eagles’ perspective to understand why this deal is a huge win.

Sure, you now have a franchise Quarterback on your roster that can win you a Super Bowl. Not many have that at their disposal. But there’s more to this deal than just locking in your franchise QB. 

While we all know that Lamar Jackson continues to fight the good fight for his deal. Other teams are also preparing to pay a heavy amount of money to their QBs such as the Chargers and the Bengals. The Eagles wisely beat them all to the punch. They reset the market knowing that it will be changed once again after Burrow, Herbert, and Jackson are signed to historical deals.

This is Howie do it

Philadelphia Eagles’ Brandon Graham, Lane Johnson, Howie Roseman, Fletcher Cox and Jason Kelce celebrate after the NFC Championship NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia. Roseman, the once-exiled executive who was cast aside for Chip Kelly for a year, returned to lead the Eagles to the franchise’s only Super Bowl title is back again after hitting rock bottom in 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

While the Eagles paid a pretty penny to keep their franchise QB happy. They did so in a very strategic manner. We’ve all seen how teams have become cap-strapped due to these large QB deals. Some end up failing to build around their QB due to the crap restraints which ends up wasting the prime years of that player’s career. 

Others have done well because of how the contract was structured. Tom Brady was underpaid for years because he valued winning more than money. Mahomes signed a huge deal just a couple of years ago but left enough room in his annual salary to help the Chiefs build.

It looks like Jalen Hurts and the Eagles did the same thing. Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted out the cap numbers for the next four years and it looks like the Eagles made out like bandits. The Eagles will be paying Jalen Hurts in the following structure over the next four years:

  • 2023: $6.15 million
  • 2024: $13.56 million
  • 2025: $21.77 million
  • 2026: $31.77 million

The Forward-Thinking Eagles

PHILADELPHIA, PA – NOVEMBER 01: Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and Philadelphia Eagles general manager Howie Roseman chat during the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles on November 1, 2020 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, PA.(Photo by Andy Lewis/Icon Sportswire)

Yes, you read that correctly. Philadelphia has positioned itself to be a contender for the prime years of Hurts’ career. This gives them the needed cap space to go out and trade for a player like Budda Baker then possibly extend him.

Now, I’m not saying that they are going to do that. I’m just giving an example of what this means for the franchise. This also means that DeVonta Smith can be extended without worry when the time comes. This is something that Philadelphia was never able to truly accomplish in the history of the organization.

With this new deal now in place and officially behind them. The Eagles are in a great position moving forward. They not only have secured their future with one of the top QBs in the league but they have also become a destination for players in the NFL. 

People want to play in Philadelphia because of the culture. From the fans of the team to the coaching staff, the Eagles have re-established themselves as one of the better organizations in the league. Jalen Hurts has also amplified that by being the player he is. He wants to win and will do whatever it takes to do so. 

His passion has helped re-ignite the franchise and especially Howie Roseman. He now has the needed puzzle pieces to put together a contender for the next 5 years.

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