Jalen Hurts, the 24-year-old quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, has secured a five-year contract extension worth $255 million, making him the highest-paid player in NFL history. With an average annual value of $51 million, Hurts' deal surpasses those of Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. Hurts joined the Eagles in 2020 as a second-round draft pick and became a full-time starter in 2021, leading the team to a 14-3 record last season and scoring four touchdowns in this year's Super Bowl, ultimately losing to the Kansas City Chiefs.
While Hurts' strong performance contributed to the record-breaking contract, his management team also played a significant role. He is managed by an all-women team from the sports agency Klutch Sports Group, which has received notable attention for breaking convention and diversifying the male-dominated sports management industry. Nicole Lynn, Hurts' primary agent, was recently promoted to president of the company's football division. Lynn and her team continue to break records and set precedents with this new deal.
ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith praised Hurts' growth on the field and commended Lynn for securing the deal, saying it was necessary and she had to do it. Hurts himself has spoken highly of his management team, calling them a team of "straight hustlers" who get things done.
Hurts' contract extension marks a significant milestone in his career, as well as for his all-women management team, who have made history in the male-dominated sports management industry. Despite the attention and accolades, Hurts remains focused on his game, saying in a previous interview that he wants to be remembered for his on-field accomplishments, not just his contract.