After an incredible 2022 NFL season in which star quarterback Jalen Hurts led the team to the Super Bowl, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to make their new leader under center a very wealthy man with a lucrative contract extension.
As the rest of the league was waiting to see what would happen with the standoff between superstar quarterback Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens, the Eagles swooped in and took care of their face of the franchise.
A smart move by the Eagles, as now they’re no longer in a waiting pattern to see what happens with Jackson and his attempt to set the market.
Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni recently spoke about Hurts’ contract extension and if it would impact the way the 24-year-old plays moving forward and said the following via Zach Berman of The Athletic.
Sirianni on if he'll adjust how Hurts plays: "We didn't pay him more to do less. …We still think about how to protect him because that's our job to protect our quarterback. But Jalen does a lot of things really well and we want to utilize the skills that he has."
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) April 20, 2023
With Hurts now in the fold for the foreseeable future and a valuable asset for the Eagles, Philadelphia doing everything in its power to protect him makes a lot of sense, but changing the way he plays seems silly because that’s what made him successful and the reason he got paid.
A versatile and mobile quarterback of Hurts’ caliber will always be an injury concern, as all it takes is one run that goes wrong to see him stuck on the sideline with an injury of some sort.
The Eagles and Sirianni know what they’re doing and are on the right track with a franchise quarterback that could very well lead them to a Super Bowl title in the near future.NEXT: Jalen Hurts Changed His Own Narrative In Rapid Time