Jalen Hurts is “worth every penny” of a staggering $255 million new contract with the Philadelphia Eagles, insists Stephen A. Smith interacting with the highest-paid QB deal in NFL history
Stephen A. Smith says Jalen Hurts is fully deserving of the massive $255 million five-year contract extension he agreed to with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Hurts, 24, became the highest paid player in NFL history after agreeing to terms, which were announced Monday.
Speaking on ESPN, Smith praised Hurts for the improvement he’s shown since the Eagles drafted him in the second round in 2020.
“The fact that Jalen Hurts got this contract, it’s news, congratulations,” said Smith.
It’s worth every penny. He earned it not only because of his exceptional play on the court but also his leadership, and the growth and maturity he displayed.
Stephen A. Smith earns praise for Jalen Hurts after signing a new five-year contract with the Eagles
Hurts, 24, was great last season as the Eagles made their way to the Super Bowl
To be a guy who got drafted in the second round, get into that league as a backup, win the starting job, get into the playoffs and lose to Tom Brady, then go on with his maturity and train in the offseason, dismiss the skeptics and what they were saying about him make up an evaluative view.
He deserves that money, and his agent Nicole Lane, congratulations to her. Major, major props to her for pulling this off, she had to do it.
The Eagles confirmed the historic news in a tweet Monday morning, saying, “Keeping the main thing in Philly. We have agreed an agreement with Jalen Hurts on a 5-year extension through the 2028 season.
He will receive $180 million guaranteed in the deal and $15 million in incentives for the season, according to NFL Network.
His new deal also apparently includes a no-trade clause, which would be a first in Eagles history.
Hurts led the Eagles to the Super Bowl last season but they were defeated by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The $255 million deal exceeds the total value the Cleveland Browns paid for Deshaun Watson last year at $230 million, though that contract is fully guaranteed.
Hurts’ most recent season was his best, despite the taste of Super Bowl defeat – Hurts completed 66.5% of his passes for 22 touchdowns and six interceptions, as well as another 760 yards and 13 TDs rushed.
Quarterback Hurts was a candidate for Most Valuable Player after the Eagles’ exciting 2022 season