The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed wide receiver Allen Hurns to a 4-year, $40 million contract extension according to a report by Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com. The deal for Hurns shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as an extension for him has been talked about all offseason by fans and even general manager Dave Caldwell. The new big money deal for the former undrafted free agent comes well deserved after his performance in just two years in the NFL and from being the most improved player on the Jaguars offense last year.
As mentioned, the actual new deal for Hurns isn't unexpected, but the total amount of the contract is a little bit surprising. Back in March when Caldwell first mentioned the team was hoping to get a deal done before the start of the 2016 season, I figured Hurns would get some where around $5-8 million per year in his new deal. If this report on the money is accurate, he's well above that mark. There was a lot of discussion about Hurns getting a $50 million deal, but as it stands right now it's a deal in the $40 million range with $20 million guaranteed in total. The full guarantee upon signing hasn't been reported yet, however.
So, like most deals it's a $10 million+ per year deal on the surface, but probably not really. My guess would be, like the vast majority of deals the Jaguars under Dave Caldwell, it will be a two-year deal with a series of one-year deals following that.
Since Hurns was an undrafted free agent, the new rule in the CBA requiring players to accrue at least three full seasons in the NFL before negotiating a new deal didn't apply to him, so he got to his second contract earlier than most.
Hurns was an easy pick his rookie season as someone who could make the roster, when the team was starved for talent at the position, and quickly established himself as a starting caliber player. He finished his rookie season with 51 receptions with 677 yards and six touchdowns, following that up with 1,031 yards on 64 receptions with 10 touchdowns in 2015.