The Philadelphia Eagles signed starting right tackle Lane Johnson to a four-year contract extension through the 2025 season, according to a report from NFL insider Mike Garafolo. The team has since officially confirmed the news.
Contract details indicate it’s a big pay day:
Sources: The #Eagles have agreed to a four-year, $72 million extension with right tackle Lane Johnson that includes $54.595 guaranteed. It is the largest contract for an NFL offensive lineman in history on a per-year and guarantee basis.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 29, 2019
Johnson is obviously an integral member of the Eagles’ offense. Carson Wentz is 25-13 when Johnson starts and only 3-10 when he doesn’t. Johnson has made the Pro Bowl each of the last two years and was named AP first-team All-Pro back during the Eagles’ Super Bowl win season in 2017. He’s in the conversation for best tackle in the NFL.
Lane Johnson is having the best year of his career grade-wise. His run blocking of 90.6 is tops in the NFL and his overall grade of 84.7 is second. pic.twitter.com/5KYaTfG5Vp— PFF PHI Eagles (@PFF_Eagles) November 29, 2019
Johnson’s extension comes just a couple weeks after the Eagles signed starting right guard Brandon Brooks to a new deal. The right side of Philadelphia offensive line is now under contract through 2024. It’s nice to know that kind of continuity is in place.
The concern with the Brooks and Johnson extensions is that the Eagles continue to invest in older players. Brooks turns 31 this upcoming offseason and Johnson turns 30. It also must be noted that Johnson is one failed PEDs test away from being suspended for 32 games, though such a development would likely void the current guarantees in his contract.
NFL insider Jason La Canfora previously reported Johnson was one of three players the Eagles were discussing contract extensions with. The other two names he mentioned were Zach Ertz and Malcolm Jenkins. So, don’t be surprised if those two are the next guys in line to get paid.
Thank you to the Lurie family, Howie, Coach Pederson, Stout, the @Eagles organization, my teammates, and #EaglesNation! PHILLY FOREVER! #flyeaglesfly #pavethelane #probowlvote #lanejohnson pic.twitter.com/oPLI3UWaB9— Lane Johnson (@LaneJohnson65) November 29, 2019
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