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Eagles announce six-year deal for Lane Johnson

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Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson will be staying in Philadelphia for a long time.

Johnson, the Eagles’ 2013 first-round draft pick, has signed a six-year contract extension, the team has announced. The new deal keeps him under contract through the 2021 season.

The fourth overall pick in 2013, Johnson has started 44 games in three years, 42 at right tackle and two at left tackle when Jason Peters was injured.

Locking up Johnson now is an aggressive move by the Eagles, who could have kept Johnson for two more years under his rookie contract. Philadelphia clearly thinks Johnson will be a significant part of its offensive line for many years to come.

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40 Responses to “Eagles announce six-year deal for Lane Johnson”
  1. jpk6044 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:14 AM

    Largest guarantee given to a tackle in the NFL meaning it’s left tackle money. Thank you for the great years Jason Peters. You will be missed.

  2. vusnu says: Jan 29, 2016 11:15 AM

    This year’s version of the Eagles has a real back to the future feel about it.

  3. dryzzt23 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:16 AM

    Good for Lane. I’m glad to see that hard workers are rewarded and recognized for putting forth effort, on and off the field, to help the team.

    Too often today’s players are “me first” divas; Lane is the opposite of that.

  4. bears1fanman says: Jan 29, 2016 11:17 AM

    Six year contract for a lineman seems to be a bit much, especially with those two years he still has. I don’t know but that sounds like a “Chip Kelly” type move right there. And look where that got the Eagles… Just my two cents

    Sincerely,
    Bears Fan

  5. ariani1985 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:18 AM

    Will drew brees get an explanation?

  6. xavier179 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:21 AM

    This is a positive move by the Eagles, I don’t think Kelly would have done this, but then again Kelly is 2,000 miles away now.

  7. lodown225 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:22 AM

    what about fletcher cox already? pay the man….

  8. shizerblog says: Jan 29, 2016 11:24 AM

    Great move! Keep the extensions coming with Curry and Cox next!

  9. bleedgreen says: Jan 29, 2016 11:26 AM

    bears1fanman says:
    Jan 29, 2016 11:17 AM

    Six year contract for a lineman seems to be a bit much, especially with those two years he still has. I don’t know but that sounds like a “Chip Kelly” type move right there. And look where that got the Eagles… Just my two cents

    Sincerely,
    Bears Fan
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    This is old school (early 2000’s) Eagles contract negotiations. They used to lock up their own guys early and for long contracts. Shawn Andrews, Lito Sheppard, etc.

  10. averagejoe5050 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:28 AM

    A QB and a receive and MAYBE, just Maybe

  11. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 29, 2016 11:30 AM

    bears1fanman says:
    Jan 29, 2016 11:17 AM
    Six year contract for a lineman seems to be a bit much, especially with those two years he still has. I don’t know but that sounds like a “Chip Kelly” type move right there. And look where that got the Eagles… Just my two cents
    =======

    Your analysis couldn’t be farther off. It only shows that you haven’t really followed the Eagles personnel strategies very closely, which is easily forgiven since you are not a fan. Neither am I, but I happen to live in the region so I am somewhat more familiar.

    First off, every contract in the NFL is essentially a one year dear. None are guaranteed. It’s smart to do longer deals because it means the Eagles can keep him for as long as they want. I highly doubt this deal runs for the full six years as is.

    Secondly, the strategy of giving long term extensions to players the Eagles drafted pre-dates Chip Kelly by over a decade. Locking your own players up early keeps them off the market AND keeps them happy by getting them their money sooner. It’s a win win strategy and the Eagles have managed to stay competitive in a majority of the years they’ve employed it. Yes, I know they haven’t won a title, but well over half the NFL teams would kill for the Eagles record and number of postseason appearances over the last 20 years.

    A “Chip Kelly” move would have been to force Johnson to keep playing on his rookie deal, cut him when he started to complain, and replace him with a big name, big money veteran from another team.

  12. seatownballers says: Jan 29, 2016 11:35 AM

    How much?

  13. richiethegreek says: Jan 29, 2016 11:35 AM

    I’m glad they’re back to locking up their homegrown players. Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry next and we’re done.

  14. sumkat says: Jan 29, 2016 11:36 AM

    jpk6044 says:
    Jan 29, 2016 11:14 AM
    Largest guarantee given to a tackle in the NFL meaning it’s left tackle money. Thank you for the great years Jason Peters. You will be missed.

    ______________

    What are you talking about? It’s a 6 year deal that could be worth up to 63, with 35 million guaranteed.

    That is nowhere near the largest guarantee for tackle, let alone a left tackle. There are 2 higher in their own division

  15. wdcskins says: Jan 29, 2016 11:37 AM

    I really don’t know if his play justifies it (I keep seeing tackles and guards developing into busts over the last few years, but IIRC Johnson’s trending the other direction, right?). As a ‘Skins fan, I know we couldn’t even get started until Trent Williams was on the roster. It’s a smart move, I think. But not the HC hire. Lame. HTTR! Philadelphia has Summer’s Eve in its water. Fact.

  16. jbfazz1213 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:38 AM

    Solid Moves With Lane Johnson and TE Signings. Fletcher Cox Will Get Signed The Day After OT Peters Gets Released From His Contract !!! Which Means Sam Bradford Is NOT Coming Back

  17. elimanningup says: Jan 29, 2016 11:39 AM

    Way overpaid. He’s not even that good.

  18. sumkat says: Jan 29, 2016 11:39 AM

    shizerblog says:
    Jan 29, 2016 11:24 AM
    Great move! Keep the extensions coming with Curry and Cox next!

    _____________

    Cox is not getting a deal this year. But he’ll be first in line next year. Could work out better for him, I can’t imagine opposing OC’s are going to sleep well knowing he is no longer 2 gapping every play. Sack numbers could jump drastically for him

  19. richiethegreek says: Jan 29, 2016 11:41 AM

    How in the hell is 6 years for you’re future left tackle too much? You think the years on the contract are too much? Uhhh, ok. You realize the years on a contract are almost irrelevant, no? Btw, it’s a new deal, not an extension. The 2 years left on his deal you’re talking about (it’s actually one but ok) are wiped out.

  20. richiethegreek says: Jan 29, 2016 11:44 AM

    elimanningup says:
    Jan 29, 2016 11:39 AM
    Way overpaid. He’s not even that good.

    1 1
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    Lol. He’ll be a top 10 tackle for years to come. Don’t expect a Giants fan to know what a good offensive lineman look like. Maybe the Giants should try throwing money at a o-line man who can actually play. Maybe Elly Manning won’t his brains beat in anymore.

  21. idun215 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:45 AM

    I don’t think Peters is gone. He might sign a 3yr deal for about 18-21 million? Knowing he is on his last legs.

  22. Wisconsin77 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:46 AM

    Hopefully with this new contract, the Eagles will continue to have their right “Lane” protected.

    haha, I’m here all week.

  23. nyjfan111 says: Jan 29, 2016 11:48 AM

    Very good player. I really think that if the Eagles kept the players they traded away, (Foles, Maclin, McCoy), they are a 10 win team. I know Foles hasn’t been doing well in STL, but had he stayed in Philly with better offensive pieces, the team would have been more successful.

  24. douchebigelow says: Jan 29, 2016 11:48 AM

    Johnson would be 2nd string at best in Dallas. Pretty good coin for a backup. This is why we have 5 Lombardi’s and Philly has ZERO.
    #1960

  25. katientony says: Jan 29, 2016 11:51 AM

    lukedunphysscienceproject says:

    Your analysis couldn’t be farther off. It only shows that you haven’t really followed the Eagles personnel strategies very closely, which is easily forgiven since you are not a fan. Neither am I, but I happen to live in the region so I am somewhat more familiar.

    First off, every contract in the NFL is essentially a one year dear. None are guaranteed. It’s smart to do longer deals because it means the Eagles can keep him for as long as they want. I highly doubt this deal runs for the full six years as is.

    Secondly, the strategy of giving long term extensions to players the Eagles drafted pre-dates Chip Kelly by over a decade. Locking your own players up early keeps them off the market AND keeps them happy by getting them their money sooner. It’s a win win strategy and the Eagles have managed to stay competitive in a majority of the years they’ve employed it. Yes, I know they haven’t won a title, but well over half the NFL teams would kill for the Eagles record and number of postseason appearances over the last 20 years.

    A “Chip Kelly” move would have been to force Johnson to keep playing on his rookie deal, cut him when he started to complain, and replace him with a big name, big money veteran from another team.

    ==========================
    TL;DR

  26. bathroombenlovemachine says: Jan 29, 2016 11:55 AM

    The Eagles are also negotiating an extension for the guy that dusts off the empty Super Bowl Trophy case at Eagles Headquarters

  27. bleedgreen says: Jan 29, 2016 12:00 PM

    nyjfan111 says:
    Jan 29, 2016 11:48 AM

    Very good player. I really think that if the Eagles kept the players they traded away, (Foles, Maclin, McCoy), they are a 10 win team. I know Foles hasn’t been doing well in STL, but had he stayed in Philly with better offensive pieces, the team would have been more successful.
    ———————————————–

    You realize that Maclin wasn’t traded, right? KC paid him more than the Eagles were willing in free agency and he walked. He’s from Missouri, he went to high school and college there, and Andy drafted him. He wanted to be back with Andy, point blank. Maclin left, he wasn’t kicked out.

  28. genericnflfan says: Jan 29, 2016 12:08 PM

    awwww yeahhhh BIG MAULER.

  29. abninf says: Jan 29, 2016 12:09 PM

    vusnu says:

    This year’s version of the Eagles has a real back to the future feel about it.
    ===================================

    So… no Lombardi then.

  30. steves11 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:28 PM

    “This is why we have 5 Lombardi’s and Philly has ZERO”

    When was the last one? I forget, its been so long.

  31. Youknowimright says: Jan 29, 2016 12:29 PM

    The eagles got the coach they wanted, even if it was their fourth choice. They locked up all of their tremendous young talent that helped them get a losing record last year. They have the greatest defensive front 7 ever assembled that gave up about 9,000 yard per game on the ground last year. And They are on the verge of winning their 25th straight greatest offseason, we did exactly what we wanted to do, nobody is better than us, gold standard award . This is a delusional town and fan base. Pretty sad.

  32. ninjapleazee says: Jan 29, 2016 12:33 PM

    Getting a solid young tackle locked up is a great investment. Eagles are starting to lock up some of their young talent so kudos for them. Redskins suck.

  33. bleedgreenphilly says: Jan 29, 2016 12:34 PM

    I don’t think this signals anything about Jason Peters that we didn’t already know. I expect he’ll be back and that training camp will decide who plays what side. I think what this does signal is the Eagles now have 3 of their 5 starting OL locked up and can concentrate on finding the guards to play beside them. At least I think that’s the plan…

  34. phillysquash says: Jan 29, 2016 12:37 PM

    Now lock up Cox and Curry. Let Bradturd and Peters walk

  35. lingsun54 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:38 PM

    Some teams will want to sign a guy early so they can get a better deal. Rather than wait until he has a great season. Then they’d have to pay him more.

  36. amaf21 says: Jan 29, 2016 12:46 PM

    @ninaplease – the Redskins made Jaci Peters tap out during their last meeting. And that’s the bottom line.

  37. voiceofrealism says: Jan 29, 2016 1:21 PM

    Well, if his rookie contract has two years left on it, and it’s a 6 year extension, it would be good through 2023, not 2021.

  38. jeremy2020 says: Jan 29, 2016 2:18 PM

    Is Chip still in control there?

  39. Youknowimright says: Jan 29, 2016 3:06 PM

    “This is why we have 5 Lombardi’s and Philly has ZERO”

    When was the last one? I forget, its been so long.

    Not as long as never.

  40. dolphins4 says: Jan 29, 2016 4:15 PM

    I now hope they re sign Fletcher Cox, Vinnie Curry and Sam Bradford.

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