The Jacksonville Jaguars have spent a lot of money in the offseason bringing in some new players, predominantly on the defensive side of the ball. That's the side that needed the most help, because the team's drafting efforts have been focused on the offensive side of the ball. Even with the spending, the Jaguars have a plethora of cap space in 2016, and in the future. That means the team can start focusing on paying their own young players going forward, including someone like wide receiver Allen Hurns.
"I think we'll wait until after the draft to see where we're at," Dave Caldwell told reporters when asked about a new deal for Hurns at the NFL owner's meetings on Monday. "And if we did anything, it would be before the season."
Unlike some of the other young players like Blake Bortles and Allen Robinson, Hurns is eligible for a new contract because he was an undrafted free agent. The other rookies fall under the new rule in the current CBA which requires three seasons of service before they're eligible to negotiate a new contract. Re-signing Hurns now, so you can push a lot of the money on the current salary cap, would be a smart move for the Jaguars and further their salary cap health in the future.
As an undrafted rookie, Hurns caught 51 passes for 677 yards and six touchdowns. It was pretty clear early on in OTAs and training camp Hurns was going to play himself onto a roster that was starved for wide receiver talent. He proved it wasn't a fluke in his second season, hauling in 64 catches for 1,031 yards and 10 touchdowns, setting records for numbers put up by an undrafted rookie in their first two seasons.
The big question is, what kind of contract would Allen Hurns get if he re-signed this offseason, and the answer is probably less than you think it is. I would look at something along the lines of what Doug Baldwin or Emmanuel Sanders are making. In the range of three to four years, for about $15-18 million with around $6 to $8 million guaranteed. If Hurns continues his current production, it will fall right in line with those players and be a good deal for both sides.