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Eagles' Lane Johnson's suspension would void the guaranteed money in his contract

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The news that Lane Johnson is reportedly facing a 10-game suspension is very, very bad for Philadelphia Eagles. It's especially disappointing considering the Eagles just signed Johnson to a new six-year contract earlier this year worth up to $63 million. The only "good" news for the Eagles, if you even want to call it that, which you probably don't, is that Johnson's suspension would void all the guaranteed money in his contract.

Johnson reportedly received $35.5 million in total guarantees when he signed his contract. As Yates points out, Johnson can still earn that money. It's just that it won't be guaranteed if/when the suspension is officially confirmed. Therefore, Johnson could be easily released if the Eagles wanted to move on from him. (Not that they necessarily should, or would.)

So what about the guaranteed money Johnson has already received? According to Jeff McLane, that money will be returned to the Eagles over time.

Obviously, this situation isn't ideal. But if there's a very slim silver-lining for the Eagles to be found, it's that they won't still owe a bunch of guaranteed money to a guy who has to miss a bunch of games. This becomes especially important moving forward because a third PED suspension could result in Johnson being suspended for at least two years.