Hall of Fame quarterback not sold on Jalen Hurts as the Eagles’ future
While many are sold on Jalen Hurts being the Eagles quarterback of the future, Hall of Famer Kurt Warner isn’t quite there yet. Recently, Warner spoke with NBC’s John Clark and shared his thoughts on the Eagles’ quarterback situation.
There have been numerous rumors regarding the possibility of Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, or another proven QB landing in Philadelphia. With those rumors, some have felt it is best to remain with Hurts due to his potential and low salary. Warner on the other hand, does not feel the same.
“As intriguing as Jalen Hurts is, you go out and get one of those guys, You go out, and you get the guy that’s proven in this league that he is a difference-maker at that position. I think you have to do that if you feel like you’re in the market to do that.”
Warner isn’t the only one in this camp. Adding someone like Wilson to this team alongside other additions in free agency makes this team a possible contender. There are options in the draft like Kenny Pickett and Matt Corral, but at this point, a change only seems likely via a trade.
“I would say that the more intriguing thing is if you’re not in the market and you don’t feel like those are possibilities, the more intriguing thing is, do we give Jalen another year?” Warner asked. “Do we go draft another quarterback? Is there somebody in the next echelon of quarterbacks that’s available, and do they give us a better opportunity to win than Jalen does?”
A quarterback in their prime would certainly give this team a better chance at succeeding, but the Eagles’ title window would undoubtedly be far smaller. Instead of having a 23-year-old making a couple million for several seasons, they would move to a 34-year-old making over $30 million. This change would drastically hurt their cap space, while not giving the Eagles much time due to how old someone like Wilson is.
Regardless, even those who favor Hurts have their concerns, and it’s fair to see the ruling is still out on how great he will be. There are knocks on Hurts’ accuracy and arm strength, but he provides almost everything else needed from a QB on and off the football field.
“As I’ve watched him from last year to this year, I’ve seen improvements, I’ve seen him getting better inside the pocket, I see him making more of those plays on schedule. Those, to me, are all positives. I think it’s really hard to say at this point in time what Jalen is going to be for the entirety of his career. It’s too early to know.”
Although Warner is on the side of making a change, his critiques and notes on Hurts are accurate and provide more insight from someone who excelled at the position. Hopefully, Hurts can step up this weekend for the Eagles, facing the Washington Football Team in a crucial battle for playoff positioning.
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