Eagles Buzz: NFL execs believe Jalen Hurts will sign a “Mahomes-type” contract
The Philadelphia Eagles have one more thing to check off their to-do list before the NFL Draft at the end of this month – re-sign QB Jalen Hurts.
The 24-year-old signal caller is up for an extension this offseason and after an excellent 2022 campaign, Hurts’ price tag is expected to take up a lot of the Eagles’ cap space moving forward. While that’s certainly possible, executives around the league seem to think Hurts will go the Patrick Mahomes route. Meaning, he’ll sign a long contract (8-10 years in length) and allow the team cap flexibility throughout his tenure.
The Athletic‘s NFL reporter Mike Sando interviewed execs around the NFL and when Hurts’ new contract came up, one exec said it would likely be modeled after Mahomes mega-deal.
“I think Hurts will do a Mahomes-type deal with good structure for the team,” the executive said. “He seems to get it.”
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Mahomes inked a 10-year, $450M deal in 2020, that can reach as high as $503M with incentives. That’s still a huge contract, there’s no denying that. But Kansas City has constantly restructured Mahomes’ contract, freeing up cap space every offseason in order to replenish the roster.
Howie Roseman is no stranger to this style of deal making. He’s consistently restructured contracts by adding void years onto the end to spread out the cash. Lane Johnson and Jake Elliot both restructured their contracts this offseason.
If Hurts does in fact go this route, it doesn’t mean the Eagles will still be able to sign whoever they want every offseason. As we saw this year, the Eagles had to let several starters walk to ensure they had enough space to get a Hurts deal done. TJ Edwards, Javon Hargrave, CJ Gardner-Johnson, and Miles Sanders all walked due in part to Hurts’ impending extension.
While Howie won’t be able to assemble a juggernaut every offseason, Hurts taking one for the team would allow the GM to put enough pieces around QB1 to succeed. And that’s all that really matters.
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