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Eagles serve Justice an extension

The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that tackle Winston Justice has been signed to a four-year contract extension.

Justice has become a starter at right tackle this season, thanks to the unavailability of Shawn Andrews, who was placed on injured reserve in September with a back injury.

Previously, Justice had a stint at left tackle.  And it didn’t go well.  In Justice’s first NFL start, a Sunday night game against the Giants, Osi Umenyiora turned Justice into a human turnstile.

Said former Eagles defensive end Hugh Douglas at the time, “If they don’t bite when they’re puppies, they’re not going to bite
when they’re grown dogs
.  It just doesn’t look like he has any fight in
him.  If you look at his demeanor, it’s like he’s not even a football
player.”

Justice, projected as a first-round prospect in 2006, slid into round two, where he was picked with the 39th overall selection.  His four-year rookie contract was due to expire at the end of the 2009 season.  Absent a new labor deal, Justice would have been a restricted free agent only.

Instead, he’s under contract through 2013.  It should go well.  Unless the Giants move Umenyiora to left defensive end.

UPDATE:  Per Adam Schefter of ESPN, Justice’s deal is worth $18.15 million, with a $6 million signing bonus.

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20 Responses to “Eagles serve Justice an extension”
  1. rh44 says: Nov 24, 2009 12:13 PM

    The Eagles sign average guys to long term deals just in case they develop into good players. They put up front money and job security in front of young players. This way, they can pay them less over the long run for better then expected play.
    In 2 years time, Justice will complain about “over performing his contract,” then get hurt, and we won’t have to pay him at all.

  2. jj jones says: Nov 24, 2009 12:20 PM

    I don’t trust him. He is a softie.

  3. Maximus15 says: Nov 24, 2009 12:25 PM

    Justice has improved immeasurably since his first start. He has been our best and most consistent lineman this year. You also have to throw a TON of blame at Reid for that game against the Giants. It was Justice’s first start, going against one of the best DE’s in the league, and Justice was matched one-on-one against Umenyiora the whole game. No TE or RB help at all. Justice was a RT in college and has come into his own in the NFL now that he is back at RT again.

  4. birdmancometh says: Nov 24, 2009 12:59 PM

    That was one game Florio. I understand it was an extremely bad game, but one game non-the-less. Pretty sure everybody has a bad game. The good news for him is that people ARE still harping on that game…it means he hasn’t given them anything else to joke about.

  5. VoxVeritas says: Nov 24, 2009 1:11 PM

    “It was Justice’s first start, going against one of the best DE’s in the league, and Justice was matched one-on-one against Umenyiora the whole game. No TE or RB help at all.”
    Shouldn’t have to give that much help to a left tackle. Maybe that’s why he doesn’t play LT anymore. That’s why the Cowboys put up with Flozell Adams. He gets a lot of penalties but he can and usually does shut his man down no matter who he is and he usually does it with no help. Umenyiora hasn’t had a sack against the Cowboys since the ’06 season when Strahan chased Bledsoe into his arms.

  6. Bobby McShanklebee says: Nov 24, 2009 1:24 PM

    Vox can you please stay off the Eagles board when it doesn’t concern the Cowboys…
    First of all Justice was a right tackle in college and there is a difference in switching sides. Flozell hasn’t given up a sack to the Giants the past three seasons but with all the tripping penalties, isn’t that worse than a sack because the average sack you may lose 4-7 yards but a tripping penalty is 15 so you do the math.

  7. straverse says: Nov 24, 2009 1:27 PM

    Vox- Unfortunately for your Cowgurls (that’s the same way you so wittily change the Eagles name, right), you can’t say the same thing for Tuck and Kiwanuka, who’ve got about 8 in that time.

  8. RumorMongering says: Nov 24, 2009 1:38 PM

    Justice has been rock solid this year. Hopefully it continues and he ‘justifies’ the contract extension.
    As far as Vox goes how many sacks would Flozell have given up had he not tripped Osi and Tuck? Shouldn’t have to trip and incur fines at left tackle either there nits. Also, Osi missing a year skews your example but I’m sure your sweet suede jacket diverted your attention from making a relevant point.

  9. VoxVagina says: Nov 24, 2009 1:38 PM

    Either Shawn or Stacy Andrews is out. If there is no salary cap, I think Stacy would actually get cut first. He has been awful and Shawn is a natural guard. The Eagles have had no push from their line especially on third and short especially because nick cole sucks. And if they would rather start cole than stacy andrews, then i doubt he will stick around unless he takes a huge pay cut

  10. mattitude says: Nov 24, 2009 2:55 PM

    @Vox Veritas
    Aren’t you supposed to be on a self-imposed hiatus?

  11. WildBirdOffense says: Nov 24, 2009 3:09 PM

    As long as Vox is talking knowledgable football and not that trash is constantly spews about an overachieving Cowboys team, I have no problem with him talking about the Eagles on an Eagles subject matter.

  12. McBleezy says: Nov 24, 2009 3:19 PM

    Touché, Vox….once again.
    Hey how bout that link to Ocelots pic..again–just for shits and giggles.
    Poster boy Fagle.

  13. Route36West says: Nov 24, 2009 3:28 PM

    No respect. I understand bring up the Osi thing it was a very big part of his early career. But why not bring up how good hes been this year and thats why the eagles gave him the extension. He has been one of the better right tackles in football this year and although he hasn’t went up against Osi again he has played very well against very good pass rushers such as Julius Peppers, Charles Grant, Tyson Jackson, Richard Seymour, Greg Ellis, Phillip Daniels, Justin Tuck, Marcus Spears, Demarcus Ware, Shawn Merriman, Shaun Phillips, and A Oguleye
    The only 1 out of all those great players he had trouble with was Richard Seymour and I think that had more to do with the Eagles not taking the Raiders seriously and the Flux at Right/Left Guard and Left Tackle during that game.
    Not one of those players has had 1/5 of the game Osi had against Justice.

  14. Chad D says: Nov 24, 2009 4:38 PM

    I love these late season signings by the eagles that eat up dead cap room. This is why Banner is such a great front office guy. Go Birds!

  15. DildoBaggins says: Nov 24, 2009 4:45 PM

    Florio hates the Eagles and loves the Giants, of course he was gonna mention that, and just totally ignore, as even not even mention one word, about how much Justice has improved this year.
    C’mon Florio cut the kid a break, he’s done well this year. I didn’t see you mentioning Eli’s early INT bonanza’s when he got his new deal…

  16. VoxVeritas says: Nov 24, 2009 6:25 PM

    “Vox- Unfortunately for your Cowgurls (that’s the same way you so wittily change the Eagles name, right), you can’t say the same thing for Tuck and Kiwanuka, who’ve got about 8 in that time.”
    Right. But Flo handles Osi one on one all the time.

  17. VoxVeritas says: Nov 24, 2009 6:31 PM

    “Vox can you please stay off the Eagles board when it doesn’t concern the Cowboys…”
    What is this “board” of which you speak?
    “Flozell hasn’t given up a sack to the Giants the past three seasons but with all the tripping penalties”
    How many have their been in the past three seasons?
    “isn’t that worse than a sack”
    Well no, your QB doesn’t get killed if you don’t allow him to be sacked. And you don’t lose a down on a penalty. It’s a 10 yard penalty, by the way.

  18. VoxVeritas says: Nov 24, 2009 6:33 PM

    “As far as Vox goes how many sacks would Flozell have given up had he not tripped Osi and Tuck? Shouldn’t have to trip and incur fines at left tackle either there nits.”
    I don’t care if a multi-millionaire has to pay some small fines. Protect the QB, period. Better to take the 10 yard penalty and get the down over than to give up the sack, lose the down, and possibly your QB.

  19. VoxVeritas says: Nov 24, 2009 6:33 PM

    “Aren’t you supposed to be on a self-imposed hiatus?”
    No. Why do you say that?

  20. Opie says: Nov 25, 2009 12:47 AM

    If I may make a suggestion? Stop responding to Vox’s ignorant ramblings. Next thing you know, a guy with no experience will be hired by this site to be a contributor……..oh, wait, that role has been filled by the owner of said site.
    Vox is ignorant and has more time then all of us combined in order to make stupid comments….

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