He will get another opportunity to lead the team to the playoffs in 2022.
However, he cannot be considered a franchise quarterback yet, especially after the recent moves that the Eagles made.
The team did trade away a first-round pick in this year’s draft to the New Orleans Saints.
Meanwhile, they got more draft picks in hopes of building around Hurts.
Unfortunately, the team might have other plans, especially moving away from Hurts, as Bleeding Green Editor-In-Chief Brandon Lee Gowton pointed out.
Ideally, Jalen Hurts plays great and the Eagles can use the extra ammo to build around him.
But last year’s trades to get two 1sts and this year’s trade to get another 1st and an extra 2nd clearly speaks to their lack of confidence in that much happening.
— Brandon Lee Gowton (@BrandonGowton) April 4, 2022
Gowton tweeted, “Ideally, Jalen Hurts plays great, and the Eagles can use the extra ammo to build around him. But last year’s trades to get two 1sts and this year’s trade to get another 1st and an extra 2nd clearly speaks to their lack of confidence in that much happening.”
The Eagles would like to secure their flexibility regardless of what happens with Hurts.
If he ends up the quarterback they are looking for, they can use the first and second-round picks for next year to get pieces around him.
But if he doesn’t convince the Eagles front office that he’s the long-term solution under center, they can use those early picks to draft a quarterback.
What Will Be The Eagles’ Strategy?
Trading away a first-round draft pick also relieves them of the obligation to pay another rookie that might not contribute immediately.
Likewise, they are giving Hurts one more opportunity to prove himself.
Philadelphia may also draft a defensive back to give Darius Slay some help.
For this season, they will be sticking with Hurts.
But if he fails, that scenario will change soon.