Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Nick Sirianni says they won’t be changing the ways QB Jalen Hurts plays, now that they’ve paid him.

“We didn’t pay him more to do less, I’ll say that,” Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters during a Thursday predraft news conference, as per Nick Tricome of the Philly Voice. “Will we still think about how to protect him? Yeah, because that’s our job to protect our quarterback.”

“But Jalen does a lot of things really well and we want to utilize the skills that he has so he can continue to play at a high level. To me, we’ll continue to go about our business the same way we went about our business. We’ll always think about protecting him first. But we didn’t pay him more to do less.”

It’s no secret that the Eagles explored other options at quarterback last offseason. They were involved in trade talks for Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson.

Hurts took charge last season and proved to the Eagles that he’s the franchise quarterback. He led the Eagles to the Super Bowl. They fell short in the game, but Hurts had an amazing performance.

Hurts finished finished the 2022 regular season with22 touchdown passes and rushed for 13 scores. He was fourth among quarterbacks with 760 rushing yards.

This past Monday, Hurts and the Eagles had agreed to a five-year extension reportedly worth up to $255M with $179.3M guaranteed.

“Nobody knows what Jalen Hurts’ ceiling is,” Sirianni added during his comments. “Why? Because he loves football, he’s tough, he has high football IQ, and he’s competitive. The guys that have those things tend to reach their ceiling, so he’s going to continue to rise.”

Jalen Hurts has arrived and as long as he stays healthy, the Eagles will be a dangerous team.

Eagles QB Jalen Hurts. Photo courtsey of AP News

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