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Eagles agree to terms with No. 4 pick Lane Johnson

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Lane Johnson's rookie contract includes offset language. (USATSI)
Lane Johnson's rookie contract includes offset language. (USATSI)

About a half-day after the No. 3 pick from the 2013 NFL Draft agreed to terms with the Dolphins, the No. 4 pick, tackle Lane Johnson, has followed suit with the Eagles.

The team announced late Saturday night that the deal with Johnson is for four years with an option for a fifth, and according to NFL writer Adam Caplan, there is, like the Dolphins deal with Dion Jordan, offset language in the contract. The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the deal is worth $19.853 million.

But in order for the Johnson camp to agree to those terms -- which will allow Philadelphia to recoup some of its money if the Eagles cut Johnson before his contract is up and he then signs with another team -- Caplan reports that the team agreed to pay him his entire $12.8 million signing bonus 15 days from now instead of having some of it deferred into the next few seasons.

Apparently the Jordan deal helped finish off the Johnson contract.



Said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman in a statement: “We're very excited to have all of our draft picks ready to go for the start of training camp. 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."

Johnson will enter training camp as the starting right tackle, on the opposite side of the offensive line from left tackle Jason Peters.

 
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