Jaguars’ GM celebrates extension for “homegrown” Hurns

AP

The Jaguars made the contract extension for wide receiver Allen Hurns official Thursday evening, and in doing so reached an organizational milestone of sorts.

A few months after spending big in the initial wave of free agenct to add Malik Jackson, Chris Ivory and Tashaun Gipson, the signing of Hurns marks the first time under general manager Dave Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley that the Jaguars have done a long-term extension for a homegrown player.

“Our organizational philosophy is to reward our homegrown players when the opportunity presents itself,” Caldwell said in a team statement. “Hurnsy is a clear example of that.

“Since the day he’s arrived, he’s been a consummate professional.”

Hurns’ new deal is worth $20 million in guaranteed money and as much as $40 million over four years.

Per the Florida Times-Union, Hurns signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2014 draft for $20,000 and now ranks among the NFL’s 10 highest-paid wide receivers.

“This for sure won’t change me,” Hurns said in a conference call with Jacksonville reporters. “No matter how much money I make, I’ll still go out on the field thinking about the day I wasn’t drafted.”

22 responses to “Jaguars’ GM celebrates extension for “homegrown” Hurns

  1. I truley feel this is the year this Jags team takes that step and starts to make noise in the NFL. Hurns with his new contract. ARob next year and Bortles the following year. This team is young and only going to get better. Don’t forget Marquise Lee and Rashad Greene and Julius Thomas as well. Plus Ivory and Yeldon at RB.
    Then that defense of Fowler,Ramsey,Jack,Telvin Smith, Gipson, Malik Jackson, plus the other rookies this year. It’s time. Go Jags!

  2. I’m happy to see Hurns make it Big as a UM fan. It also shows horribly coached Golden’s teams where. We got guys going undrafted and coming to the pros ballin

  3. xbox4wwe you said it better than I could. Jags’ fans have a lot to look forward to.

  4. I have no idea how this guy wasn’t drafted. He had an NFL body, played for a prominent program and is such a baller. You just gotta wonder about GMs overthinking the draft– but to the benefit of the Jags with Hurns.

  5. Hurns and Robinson are a nice pair our there. Bortles looks like he has what it takes to be a very good quarterback. I’m not really a Jags fan so to speak, but I like Bradley and the effort they are making to put a good team out on the field. They seem like a team who has been over due to be successful, and I’d be happy to see them suceed. It does look like they can be contender’s this season, which is good for the Jags, good for the NFL, good for Jacksonville and Northeast Florida in general. Good luck guys! I’m pulling for you!

  6. I don’t follow Jacksonville that much and I don’t know much about Hurns as a player, but I absolutely love seeing teams extend undrafted free agents before they actually have to. It says a lot about where an organization’s heart is at if they are willing to reward a player a year early to reward hard work for undrafted young players. It probably means a lot more to the player than it does to the team, so kudos to Jacksonville for doing this for a player that they want to have around long term.

  7. Congrats to Hurns. The paid him pretty good too.. and he’ll be up for another contract in his prime. It’s a really good deal for both sides.

  8. thegreatgabbert says:
    Jun 3, 2016 2:00 AM
    So, does Caldwell get credit for signing Hurns as a free agent or blamed for using a high pick on Marquise Lee in the same draft?
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    We need to thank Jedd Fish (sp?), I’d imagine Hurns signed with us because he was familiar with the OC we had at the time.

  9. I always thought the Jaguars’ greatest draft steal was giving the Bills QB Rob Johnson for the ninth overall pick that scored them Fred Taylor in 1998.

    That was outdone when they snagged Hurns as a UDFA for literally change found in the sofa.

    He is worth every penny of this deal and is one of the reasons we fans have such optimism for this team.

  10. I cannot wait to see how the Jags and Raiders pan out this year….I’m thinking they both win their divisions…AFC should be on notice….

    -Giants Fan

  11. And somewhere in the Pacific Northwest… John Schneider is cursing the Jags, trying to figure out how he’s going to pay Doug Baldwin after the Jags gave this dude $10M/year…

  12. Not to mention all of this helps make it easier to forget about the bad luck with Blackmon. What a waste. These younger receivers are helping to move on from the past.

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