June 24, 2024

After the team’s collapse in the second half of the season, the Philadelphia Eagles appear to be moving forward with Nick Sirianni as their head coach. However, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk noted that Philadelphia could theoretically afford to part ways with quarterback Jalen Hurts this offseason.

Last spring, Hurts inked a five-year contract deal that was purportedly worth up to $255 million, with $179.3 million guaranteed.

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Regarding the Eagles moving Hurts out of Philadelphia, Florio noted, “The cap hit for a pre-June 1 trade would be only $18.632M for 2024.” “He’d then be off the books for 2025.”

There is a complete no-trade clause in Hurts’ contract as well.

Hurts concluded the 2023 regular season tied for 13th place with 23 throwing touchdowns, 15th with a 65.4% completion percentage, and 12th among qualified players with a 60.0 adjusted QBR, according ESPN data. Hurts had 15 running touchdowns, which tied him for second place among all players, but only two quarterbacks had more interceptions (15) than Hurts.

However, as Paul Kasabian of Bleacher Report notes, Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported just before Christmas that some Eagles felt the team needed Hurts “to not isolate himself as much when a more outward leadership style is necessary, especially when the going gets tough.” Hurts’ numbers only tell part of the story about why the Eagles could at least consider asking if he’d waive his no-trade clause to join a different club.

This past weekend, Bleeding Green Nation’s Joseph Santoliquito reported, “sources within and around the team say Jalen Hurts ‘changed’ since signing the big $255M contract extension.” This is more current information.

Santoliquito further stated that “sources close to and around the team say Hurts should have been a better leader — and is capable of being a better leader.”

Regarding any team that might be considering Hurts, Florio pointed out that the 25-year-old’s contract contains $133 million over the next three years and $82 million in fully guaranteed money over the following two. In a world where it’s common knowledge that the NFL wage ceiling isn’t as “real” as many think it is, such stats don’t necessarily make a difference.

Even while there isn’t any evidence right now that the Eagles would try to cut ties with Hurts before this year’s draft, things in the NFL tend to change quickly. Less than two years ago, it was said that Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans had little chance of staying with the Cleveland Browns unless he was offered a fully guaranteed $230 million, five-year contract.

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