The Philadelphia Eagles 2013 draft class is now 100% complete. With the signing of first round pick OT Lane Johnson, the Eagles now have every draft pick under contract. The fact that they were able to get it done before training camp started is great news.
"We're very excited to have all of our draft picks ready to go for the start of training camp," said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. "I give Lane and his agent, Ken Sarnoff, a lot of credit for their work in getting this deal complete. Both had stated to us how important it was to get this deal signed before the rookies report on Monday and they kept their word. We're all looking forward to watch Lane get his NFL career started."
The big holdup in getting this deal done was the silly issue of offset language, which Jimmy discussed earlier today. According to Adam Caplan, the deal does include offset language. In the simplest terms, it protects the Eagles should they need to cut Lane in 3 years. It's not something worth worrying about because it rarely happens, as you can see from the quote in Jimmy's article:
There were 349 first rd picks from 2000-2010. Only eight were cut before their fourth season, when offset would apply.
Considering offensive tackle is a position with a low bust rate, I'd say there's especially little reason to worry.
The terms of Johnson's deal are $19.853 million over 4 years with a 5th year team option. The trade-off for the offset language in Lane's contract is that he now gets his entire signing bonus (over $12.8M) in 15 days.
Lane was selected 4th overall in the 2013 NFL draft and was the first pick of the Chip Kelly era. Lane projects to be the team's starting RT, provided he wins the job in training camp.
A special shout out to 3rd overall pick Dion Jordan down in Miami who signed his rookie deal today as well. His deal included offset language and that paved the way for Johnson's deal. Good looking out, DJ.
All rookies report to the NovaCare Complex on Monday July 22nd. Training camp is almost here! Get excited!