TheJacksonville Jaguars third-year receiver has signed a four-year contract extension that, according to a league source, will pay him $40 million, including $20 million guaranteed.
"That's the thing about the NFL and I love it: No matter what you did last year they want to see what you can continue to do," Hurns said Thursday night in a conference call with reporters. "If you have a great year and come out and not play well, they'll forget what you did the year before. That keeps me on the edge."
The deal could be worth up to $11 million per year, including escalators, a league source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Pro Football Talk was the first to report the extension.
"It was a long journey," Hurns said. "But the thing about [the] NFL is no one cares what you do your first year and second year. You've got to continue to prove yourself."
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Hurns was due to make $600,000 in 2016, which was the final year of the three-year deal he signed as an undrafted free agent in 2014. That contract included a guarantee of $5,000. Hurns has 115 careercatches for 1,708 yards and 16 touchdowns. The yards and touchdown catches are the most by an undrafted player in his first two seasons since the 1970 merger.
"He continues to impress our coaching staff on a daily basis and has certainly earned the respect of his teammates," Jaguars general manager Dave Caldwell said in a statement of Hurns. "Our organizational philosophy is to reward our homegrown players when the opportunity presents itself. Hurnsy is a clear example of that."
Hurns the first building block in place for Jaguars' future
ESPN Jaguars reporter Mike DiRocco breaks down how WR Allen Hurns is the first of a group of homegrown players Jacksonville will be signing to extensions to be part of the franchise's long-term plans.