Eagles get offset language in Johnson deal

AP

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.