It's yet another major payday in the world of the Philadelphia Eagles. Not long after inking offensive tackle Jordan Mailata to a four-year extension that keeps him in tow through 2025, it's defensive end Josh Sweat getting in on the contract action, and in a big way. Sweat has signed a three-year deal that secures him through 2024, the team announced on Saturday, and the numbers on the deal are quite robust. According to Sweat's agent, Christopher Coy of Vanguard Sports, the 24-year-old is being awarded a deal worth $40 million over that three-year span -- able to max out at $42 million and with $26.9 million in guaranteed money.
The $2 million bump is incentive-based, and based upon consecutive seasons of seven or more sacks.
A former fourth-round pick in 2018, Sweat entered the 2021 season playing in the final year of his rookie deal, and was set to earn just $920,000 in base salary over 17 games. He's proven his worth to the organization in a big way, and has seen a marked improvement with each passing season, so it makes sense the Eagles wouldn't allow him to hit free agency in 2022. More of a rotational talent than a starter thus far, Sweat gets the job done when his number is called.
Despite having just three starts in his first three seasons, he's tallied 10 sacks and is coming off of a 2020 season that saw him hit a career mark in sacks (6) and forced fumbles (3).
The former Florida State All-American has now not only seen his dream of making it to the NFL come true, but after making himself a key player for the Eagles, he's achieved yet another mission, and it's one that's almost as elusive: a second contract.