Jalen Hurts may be the quarterback of the future in Philadelphia after all.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Hurts' recent string of strong play has the Eagles encouraged in the Oklahoma product's progress, making them less likely to pursue Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson or any other veteran option at the position.
Hurts has led the Eagles to three wins in their last four games. He's coming off a big performance that saw him pass for 147 yards and rush for 69 and three touchdowns in a 40-29 win over the New Orleans Saints.
While Hurts is still not a great passer, he's been able to limit his mistakes while the Eagles dominated on the ground in this recent run of success.
"Jalen has just been consistent and steady," head coach Nick Sirianni told reporters of Hurts. "I think that's what you want out of your quarterback and out of the leader on the football team."
Hurts has also taken on an increasingly vocal leadership role in the Eagles locker room, further entrenching him as a voice among players. If he continues on this path, it would be hard to justify the Eagles moving on from him during the 2022 offseason.
Watson is a virtual lock to be traded, while it's possible Rodgers and/or Wilson will be available. The Packers and Rodgers appear in a far better place now than they were in the offseason when the reigning MVP tried to force his way out of Green Bay. If a power struggle between Wilson and Pete Carroll still exists behind the scenes, it's possible the team chooses its quarterback over its coach this offseason.
With a relatively weak quarterback class coming up in the 2022 draft, the Eagles may be better off in the long term building up the remainder of their roster while hoping Hurts improves as a passer.