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Eagles get offset language in Johnson deal

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The Chip Kelly regime won’t commence with a first-round holdout.

The Eagles have announced that tackle Lane Johnson, the fourth overall pick in the draft, has agreed to terms on a four-year deal.

The major (only) sticking point was whether the fully-guaranteed contract would include offset language.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Eagles successfully included offset language in the deal.

“We’re very excited to have all of our draft picks ready to go for the start of training camp,” Eagles G.M. Howie Roseman said in a release. “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.”

It’s a domino that fell fairly easily for Philly after Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan agreed to offset language in the contract given to the third overall pick in the draft.  For the Eagles, some believe that the offset language became a particularly important term in light of the $7 million in guaranteed money that will be paid without offsets to former cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha this year.

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5 Responses to “Eagles get offset language in Johnson deal”
  1. absolutekind says: Jul 20, 2013 10:51 PM

    Now just offset that 4 win season and we’ll all be happy.

  2. pxeeks says: Jul 21, 2013 12:54 AM

    Ok what does offset language mean??

  3. nwsaint says: Jul 21, 2013 2:22 AM

    Its one thing to go to a guy from this year’s draft and demand offset language (after all this was about as bare as a draft can get), but its quite another to try to use this year’s offset spots in the draft order against say next year’s draft which is forecast to be historically amazing. If hardheaded owners get it in their head that they didn’t have to do offset this year they shouldn’t at any year you’re going to be staring at quite the mess.

  4. mungman69 says: Jul 21, 2013 8:39 AM

    Usually first round draft picks don’t get cut so this offset language shouldn’t even be needed.

  5. eagleswin says: Jul 21, 2013 9:56 AM

    If the Eagles still have to pay Nnamdi 7 mill this year regardless, was he really that bad that he couldn’t have been the nickle CB?

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