Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns Signs a 4-Year, $40 Million Contract Extension
The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed Allen Hurns to a 4-year, $40 million contract extension, the team confirmed on Thursday. This signifies the first of many contract extensions that will be coming the way of the Jaguars’ rookie class of 2014.
While starters such as Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson, Marquis Lee, and Brandon Linder were all selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, Hurns was signed as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Miami (Fl). Being undrafted, this meant that the rule in the collective bargaining agreement forcing players to be on an NFL roster for three full seasons before negotiating a new contract did not apply to him.
While Bortles and Robinson have to wait to be rewarded for their progress on the field, Hurns was able to cash in on the first two years of production. While it may seem like a lot of money to pay a number two receiver, the contract is similar to other receivers around the league that penned contracts this off-season, and Hurns, by the numbers, is better than most of them.
No Surprise to the Jags
The Jaguars extending Hurns is not at all surprising. Even though they handed out multiple large paydays in free agency — to players like Malik Jackson (Broncos) and Chris Ivory (Jets) — the Jaguars still have one of the most robust salary cap situations in the NFL.
One of the most consistent and productive players in the league since joining in 2014, Allen Hurns has caught 115 passes for 1708 yards and 16 touchdowns. That’s an NFL Record for touchdowns by an undrafted free agent.
“It means a lot; it’s a blessing,” Hurns was quoted as saying. “Just my story and where I started from … it feels surreal. But at the end of the day, I will still continue to prove myself.”
Jaguars’ General Manager, Dave Caldwell, told reporters, “Everything he received [Thursday], he’s earned,” he continued, “He’s acted like a vet and a pro from Day One.”
At the NFL League meeting in March, Caldwell said that he would be open to speaking with Hurns’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, about a new contract after the draft, but wouldn’t let it stretch into the season. A deal was done well ahead of the preseason, which surprised Hurns.
“I thought it was going to happen around training camp time,” Hurns said. “My agent told he was coming up [Thursday] to meet, but we didn’t expect a deal to get done. My main thing was staying healthy and taking care of what I can control.”
Hurns’ deal is the largest for a homegrown Jaguars’ player since tight end Marcedes Lewis signed a five-year, $35 million contract ($17 million guaranteed) before the 2011 season.
(Jacksonville Jaguars WR Allen Hurns)