Eagles sign tackle Lane Johnson to 5-year contract extension
Johnson was the Eagles' first-round pick three years ago and has become a fixture on their offensive line.
Earlier this week, the Philadelphia Eagles agreed to a five-year contract extension with tight end Zach Ertz. Now, they have done the same with tackle Lane Johnson, who was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft and has been their starting right tackle ever since (with the exception of two games when he swung over to the left side to fill in for the injured Jason Peters). The team announced a five-year extension for Johnson via its official web site.
Johnson had recently told PhillyVoice that he wants to stay in Philadelphia for the rest of his career, and this deal will keep him in town through his age 31 season, provided he plays through the whole thing.
The team did not release terms of the contract, but Jeff McClane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the total (including his $6.1 million salary this season) is a six-year deal worth up to $63 million that includes $35.5 million guaranteed. Per Spotrac, a total of $63 million ranks fourth among tackles, while the $35.5 million guarantee is second to only Washington's Trent Williams.
It's a very large contract -- the largest in the league -- for a right tackle, but the Eagles plan to move Johnson to the left side of the line at some point. It's just not yet known when. New head coach Doug Pederson said last week that he thinks Peters still has some good years in him on the left side of the line, and Johnson said after signing his deal that Peters is one of the best left tackles of all time. Whichever side he's on, though, it's clear the Eagles view Johnson as an important piece of their future.
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