Philadelphia Eagles star Jalen Hurts just got a deal of a lifetime.
But as much money as he took, he’s made it clear that he’s not just about that.
In his press conference after signing that huge contract extension, Hurts had one of the most interesting phrases one might hear from any professional athlete: Money is good, but championships are better.
“Money is nice. Championships are better.”
– Jalen Hurts
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— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 24, 2023
Needless to say, that prompted some mockery on social media, as some fans believed he was humble-bragging after taking the most lucrative deal in NFL history.
As he requests to be the highest paid player ever 💀💀💀💀
— jack cowan (@jackcowan71) April 24, 2023
He may have to make some sacrifices here and there – he may not be able to get the nicest Micronesian island, he may have to settle for buying the Heat instead of the Lakers – but all of those struggles will be worth it when he gets that ring
— Fred Fantastico (@FredFantastico) April 24, 2023
Based on how much you are taking home, I;m sure the Eagles will take some back to help them add to their roster….
— Fin-Loco (@loco_fin) April 24, 2023
I wish Lamar thought that way
— ERIC WOOD (@ERICWOOD22) April 24, 2023
I mean, sure? But if that was the case, wouldn't he have taken a home town discount so there was money left over to pay other top talent? I am a huge fan of his, don't get me wrong, but this is an easy comment to make when you are getting $51 Mil per year
— Adam Mac (@adamcint) April 24, 2023
However, Hurts’ cap hit throughout his new contract isn’t actually that big, so he did do the team some favors here and there.
He took $179 million guaranteed, but the deal is structured in a way that the team will always be in a position to surround him with elite talent, so props to Hurts for that.
His cap hit for the next four years will be $6.15 million, $13.6 million, $21.77 million, and $31.77 million, and those numbers figure to be a bit of a bargain once the salary cap keeps rising.
Hurts might be trying to take a page out of Tom Brady’s book, as Brady always settled for less money than he could’ve had just so the New England Patriots could bring in more help, and that strategy sure paid off.
Still, he’s going to be the highest-earning player in the league for the foreseeable future, although some believe Joe Burrow’s impending contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals could be even more lucrative once his time comes.NEXT: Eagles Star Makes His Thoughts Clear About 'Guaranteed Money'