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Joe Banner highlights potential battle in Eagles-Jalen Hurts negotiations


Mar 16, 2023

In some unspecified time in the future this offseason, the Eagles are anticipated to succeed in a mega cope with franchise quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Joe Banner doesn’t suppose the cash would be the holdup.

On the newest Takeoff with John Clark, the previous Eagles president gave his tackle the approaching deal and defined why the common per yr isn’t doubtless going to be the battle between the group and Hurts’ agent.

“I don’t suppose it’s laborious to determine what the common of the deal goes to be,” Banner mentioned to Clark. “On the low finish, it’s like million per yr, on the excessive finish it’s into the low s. It relies upon if (Joe) Burrow goes first and resets the market just a little bit however we’ve already received two offers which might be primarily million per yr.

“I feel the battle within the negotiation goes to be the size of the contract. It helps the Eagles make the contract extra favorable within the early years. It makes it simpler to maintain the cap cost low for no less than the following couple of years if it’s a longer-term deal. So I feel they are going to be accurately be preventing for as lengthy a deal as they will get. Alternatively, the participant with a cap that’s prone to go up -0 million over the following three or 4 years. Even at million, it sounds loopy, however in a few years that shall be a steal. So he’s going to battle for a shorter deal and an opportunity to re-hit the market as these cap numbers go up that dramatically.”

The Eagles have actually benefitted the final couple of seasons by having a beginning quarterback on a rookie second-round contract. The thought from Banner right here is that even when Hurts will get certainly one of these mega offers, the group will have the ability to backload it to attenuate these cap hits for no less than the following couple of seasons. And the longer the deal is, the extra flexibility they’ll have.

And there’s extra TV cash coming over the following few years too, so it makes extra sense for Hurts to desire a shorter deal that can get him again to the negotiating desk earlier as salaries for top-tier quarterbacks proceed to climb.

“We haven’t seen a scenario like this within the NFL, the place contracts are going to develop into this dated this rapidly,” Banner mentioned. “Actually, if the cap goes up even million a yr, million a yr, for the following three or 4 years, right now’s million quarterback goes to be a -75 million quarterback. So for each further yr the Eagles can get Hurts to comply with, it’s an enormous benefit. Frankly, from his perspective, yearly that he could make it shorter is just not going to be an incremental or a small quantity of extra cash. It’ll enhance his profession earnings very dramatically.”

The Eagles aren’t attempting to get a cut price with Hurts. He’s the man they’ve recognized as their franchise quarterback they usually realize it’s going to be a mega deal. It’s going to be an enormous quantity when it comes to APY. And Hurts is already underneath contract for 2023.

However Banner has an excellent level in regards to the size of the following deal. He thinks Hurts may attempt to battle for a three-year deal, whereas the Eagles may push for an extension of 5 – 6 years.

He outlined the 2 greatest benefits for the Eagles in the event that they get a longer-term deal:

1. If Hurts continues to play at a excessive stage, a contract with an APY of round million will look low-cost in a couple of years.

2. An extended deal will give the Eagles flexibility to push the largest cap fees towards the top of the deal, giving the Eagles the chance to proceed to construct robust groups round their quarterback.

The excellent news for the Eagles, based on Banner, is that they’ll partially get these benefits even when the deal finally ends up being a three-year extension. As a result of it will nonetheless give the Eagles 4 extra years with Hurts underneath contract.

But when there may be any actual battle in negotiations, Banner thinks it’ll be over the size.

“The common of the deal is inside a comparatively slim vary,” Banner summarized. “Received’t be laborious to comply with. The size of the deal is one thing that can actually influence either side very dramatically over the long-term.”

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