Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) drops back to pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half in Super Bowl LVII at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Feb. 12, 2023.

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Eagles’ Jalen Hurts declines to address potential contract extension

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts isn’t interested in talking about dollars and cents just yet.

Hurts was asked about the possibility of signing a long-term contract extension this offseason on Tuesday, two days removed from the Eagles dropping a 38-35 decision to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII.

“The thing that I’m most focused on is winning,” Hurts said. “The only thing I care about is winning, and ultimately winning championships. So, there will be a day where the conversation can be had, but today isn’t that day.”

NFL Network reported prior to the Super Bowl that the Eagles were prepared to open contract negotiations with Hurts.

Hurts, 24, is slated to make approximately $4.3 million during the final season of his rookie contract in 2023.

Every NFL team passed on Hurts at least once in the 2020 NFL Draft, which featured three quarterbacks among the top six selections — Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals), Tua Tagovailoa (Miami Dolphins) and Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers). The Green Bay Packers drafted Jordan Love 26th, 27 picks before Hurts was selected by the Eagles.

When the Eagles drafted Hurts, it was on the heels of signing former first-round pick Carson Wentz to a four-year, $128 million extension. In 2021, general manager Howie Roseman made the call to move on from Wentz, trading him to the Indianapolis Colts to clear a path for Hurts.

Hurts completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 3,701 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions in 15 games this season. He also rushed for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns.

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Jalen Hurts, Eagles quarterback, answers questions from journalists during a press conference at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2023, in Phoenix.

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Eagles’ Jalen Hurts focuses on consistency ahead of Super Bowl

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That’s the attitude Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts is taking as he approaches his Super Bowl LVII clash with the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Glendale, Ariz.

Despite being just days away from the biggest game of his career, Hurts is focused on maintaining the same routine that helped him post a 14-1 record as a starter in the 2022 regular season and then earn a playoff wins over the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers.

“I’ve been doing the same things that I’ve done all year,” Hurts said Wednesday regarding his work ahead of the Super Bowl. “My preparation hasn’t changed, this team’s preparation hasn’t changed. We’ve kind of gone into it with a day-to-day mentality. Taking it day by day. Trying to master the day, win the day and doing it that way.”

Much of that preparation came well before the regular season started.

“I think the important thing is to always fall back on your work,” Hurts said. “I was telling A.J. (Brown) today, I said it’s no different than us being at FAU getting our work in there in the offseason. … We prepared really well all offseason, had really good time with each other, got on the same page with the coaches in terms of how we wanted this offense to look.

“I don’t think anything is going to change in terms of our planning going into the game.”

A lot of the game-planning has centered around Philadelphia’s receiving core, a dangerous unit led by DeVonta Smith (95 receptions, 1,196 yards, seven touchdowns), Brown (88 receptions, 1,496 yards, 11 TDs) and tight end Dallas Goedert (55 receptions, 702 yards, three TDs).

Hurts has come to rely upon that group, specifically Smith and Brown, and will be leaning on them heavily when the Eagles take on Kansas City.

“Birds of a feather flock together. And I think those are guys that I call true friends, and not only because the men that they are, but the friends that they are, the competitors they are, what drives them, what motivates them to be great,” Hurts said. “We come in every day eager to take another step.

“No one is independent in this thing. We’re all dependent off of one another. So we challenge each other, we encourage each other and we push each other.”

Regardless of the result on Sunday, Hurts is honored that he has the chance to represent those who got him to where he is today as well as those who are currently looking up to him.

“It’s a ton of pride in everything that’s going on right now,” Hurts said. “When you’re (thrust) into these situations, you’re (given) these opportunities at hand, you don’t really realize the impact you’re doing until you reflect on it.

“To have these opportunities and be able to represent so many different people … people back home in Texas, quarterbacks that maybe they said they couldn’t do something or whatever it is, just believers — it’s something I definitely have on my heart when I’m out there playing.

“I heard someone say it — I don’t know if it was Michael Jordan or Kobe (Bryant) — but sometimes you get families and kids that save up all their money just to go to that one game. Just to go to that one game. They might not ever get to see you play in person again. So, you definitely want to put on a show for them when they’re coming.”

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Feb 6, 2023; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) speaks with media during Super Bowl Opening Night at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hurts, Eagles determined to finish job vs. Chiefs

Quarterback Jalen Hurts is confident about the Philadelphia Eagles’ mindset entering the Super Bowl.

“I didn’t put in all that work for no reason. I feel like this team hasn’t put in all the work that we’ve put in for no reason,” he said. “We’ve come here to finish the job we set out to do.”

Hurts referred to “the work” time after time during his remarks on Monday at Super Bowl LVII Opening Night, held at the Footprint Center in Phoenix.

Hurts is 16-1 as the starter for the NFC champion Eagles this season heading into Sunday’s showdown against the Kansas City Chiefs.

“We just want to go out there and do what we’ve done this whole entire time, to try and play clean football and play together,” Hurts said. “I didn’t work this hard to stay the same. I put all this work in, we put all this work in, to have opportunities like this. It’ll be a fun one.”

Hurts, 24, is a finalist to become the first Eagles player to win NFL MVP since 1960. He passed for 3,701 yards and 22 touchdowns while rushing for 760 yards and 13 touchdowns during the regular season.

A team captain, Hurts was asked if he had anything planned for Sunday’s pregame speech.

“Everything comes from the heart,” he said. “I prepare. I try to think about something that will get the guys going, but I don’t need to say too much. We’ve put all that work in. Everything that we’ve kind of overcome.”

Hurts didn’t want to talk about his recovery from a shoulder injury that knocked him out of two games (both losses) in Weeks 16 and 17.

“I don’t want to make this about me. I want to make it about the work that we put in,” he said. “The only thing I want to do is always quantify my work. We didn’t come this far or no reason. … We want to go out there and play our best game when we need it most.”

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Jan 29, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) celebrates after winning the AFC Championship game against the Cincinnati Bengals at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes on Black QBs starting Super Bowl: ‘It’s special’

Patrick Mahomes didn’t mince words on Thursday when asked about the importance of having two Black quarterbacks start a Super Bowl for the first time in the history of the game.

That’s precisely what will happen on Feb. 12 when Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs tangle with Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Ariz.

“To be on the world stage and have two Black quarterbacks starting in the Super Bowl, I think it’s special,” Mahomes said. “I’ve learned more and more about the history of the Black quarterback since I’ve been in this league and the guys that came before me and Jalen set the stage for this. And now, I’m just glad that we can set the stage for kids that are coming up now.”

Mahomes, 27, said he envisions Super Bowl LVII as an opportunity to continue moving the needle forward.

“I think you’ve seen over time, whenever a guy like Doug Williams, or Michael Vick, or Donovan McNabb go out and play great football, it gives other guys like me and Jalen chances to have this platform and to have this spot on an NFL team,” Mahomes said. “And so, if we can continue to show that we can consistently be great, I think it’ll just continue to open doors for other kids growing up to follow their dreams and to be a quarterback of an NFL team. And it’s good that we have guys like Jalen on the other side because he’s a great person and obviously a great quarterback.”

Doug Williams, Russell Wilson and Mahomes are the lone Black quarterbacks to win a Super Bowl.

Williams guided the Washington franchise to a 42-10 victory over Denver in Super Bowl XXII and Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to a 43-8 win over the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.

As for Mahomes, he fueled the Chiefs to a 31-20 triumph over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.

The status of his ailing ankle could go a long way toward his bid to win a second ring. On Thursday, Mahomes said he didn’t aggravate the injury in Kansas City’s 23-20 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game this past Sunday.

“My whole body was sore after the game (but) I don’t think I took any steps backwards,” Mahomes said.

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Jan 8, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) passes the ball against the New York Giants during the first quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts knew shoulder would ‘hurt like hell’

The Philadelphia Eagles, including Jalen Hurts, all knew the consequences of the star quarterback returning for Week 18 — that playing was “going to hurt him like hell.”

And as of Tuesday, Hurts’ throwing shoulder was still sore.

But the good news for Hurts and the Eagles is that by winning Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, the Eagles clinched the No. 1 seed in the NFC and bought themselves an extra week of rest.

“He came out sore as expected,” Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said Tuesday.

“We didn’t feel like we’re putting him at any more risk of getting more injured, but we knew it was going to hurt him like hell, and he knew it was going to hurt him like hell,” Sirianni added. “But that’s kind of player he is; that’s the kind of teammate he is. He fought through it, because it was important for him to be out there, and he knew how important it was him and to his teammates for him to be out there.”

All parties knew Hurts had to play since the Eagles dropped the two games he missed, with backup Gardner Minshew under center, after injuring his shoulder in Week 15 vs. Chicago.

But just how healthy Hurts will be for the NFC Divisional playoff game in less than two weeks is anybody’s guess.

“I’m not sure I can answer that question,” Sirianni said. “We are fortunate that we have two weeks until the next time we play. … He’s going to be a little bit more healthy than when he was obviously the other day.”

Hurts went 20-of-35 passing for 229 yards and an interception against the Giants. He’s thrown for 3,701 yards and 22 touchdowns against six INTs on the season.

Sirianni said Monday during his weekly radio appearance that Hurts wanted to buck the off day and watch tape from the Giants’ game.

“I know the coaches are off but Jalen said, ‘Hey, let’s watch the tape tomorrow.’ I said, ‘You got it,’” Sirianni said Monday on the WIP Morning Show. “He wanted to work and move on.”

The Eagles will host the team with the lowest seed either Jan. 21 or 22.

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Dec 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) scrambles left looking to throw in the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts to start against Giants

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts will start Sunday’s regular-season finale against the visiting New York Giants, ESPN reported.

Hurts has missed the past two games — both Philadelphia losses — with an injury to his right throwing shoulder as the Eagles (13-3) failed to lock up the No. 1 seed in the NFC.

Hurts was limited in all three practices this week and is listed as questionable against the Giants (9-6-1), although head coach Nick Sirianni said Friday he was “trending in the right direction.”

New York, meanwhile, will turn to recently elevated practice-squad quarterback Davis Webb as the starter, per the report.

The Giants cannot improve their playoff position, locked in as the No. 6 seed for next weekend’s wild-card round, and will rest starter Daniel Jones.

Hurts, 24, was having an MVP-caliber season before sustaining the injury in a Dec. 18 win over the Chicago Bears. The Eagles lost their next two games to the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints with backup Gardner Minshew under center.

Hurts is 13-1 as the starter and has passed for 3,472 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions, also rushing for 747 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Webb, 27, was originally a third-round pick by the Giants in 2017. He has appeared in only one NFL game, playing a total of four snaps (with zero pass attempts) for the Buffalo Bills during mop-up duty against the New York Jets on Nov. 14, 2021.

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Dec 18, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts (1) looks to pass in the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Eagles QB Jalen Hurts (shoulder) expected to play Sunday

It appears the Philadelphia Eagles will be taking no chances in their quest for the NFC’s top seed entering the postseason.

With the 13-3 Eagles one win from securing the No. 1 playoff seed in the conference, starting quarterback and potential Most Valuable Player candidate Jalen Hurts is expected to play in his team’s home game Sunday against the New York Giants, NFL Network reported Saturday.

Hurts has not played since injuring his throwing shoulder in a Dec. 18 against the Chicago Bears, although he played through the ailment in leading the Eagles to a 25-20 win. But the third-year passer sat out each of Philadelphia’s last two games — both losses with backup Gardner Minshew, at Dallas and home against New Orleans.

Hurts worked with the first-team offense in limited fashion in Thursday’s practice, and after head coach Nick Sirianni said before Friday’s workout that “it’s trending in the right direction” for Hurts to return, the team’s top QB was again limited Friday and officially deemed questionable.

Per NFL Network’s report, Hurts threw “extremely well in practice this week” and the team likely hopes to build an early lead in hopes of eventually pulling him later against the Giants, who at 9-6-1 cannot move up or down the NFC standings as the No. 6 seed.

Hurts entered Saturday with the NFL’s third-highest passer rating (104.6) with 22 touchdown passes and just five interceptions. He also has rushed for 747 yards and 13 touchdowns, which are tied for second-most in the league.

The Giants are also expected to rest several of their starters, including quarterback Daniel Jones. New York elevated Davis Webb off its practice squad on Friday.

The Eagles also officially activated safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, who is tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions, and veteran defensive end Robert Quinn from injured reserve on Friday.

–Field Level Media