Eagles extend Jordan Mailata

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Eagles offensive tackle Jordan Mailata had an unlikely path to the NFL, but he has found success, and now he’s being richly rewarded.

Mailata and the Eagles have agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio.

When the Eagles took Mailata in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL draft, he was viewed as a major prospect. Although he was huge and athletic, he grew up in Australia and had played rugby, not football, and no one was sure what to make of his NFL prospects. He didn’t play at all in 2018 or 2019, and no one was sure what kind of future he had.

But in 2020, Mailata became the Eagles’ starting left tackle, and he played enough to convince the Eagles’ decision-makers that he’s their long-term answer.

The 24-year-old Mailata had been slated to make $850,000 this season in the final year of his rookie contract. Now he’s doing to make big money for years to come.

15 responses to “Eagles extend Jordan Mailata

  1. Not bad for a 7th round draft pick. The guy is 6’7″, weighs 360lbs, tough as nails and moves like a gazelle.

  2. Eagles fan. This guy is probably my favorite player on the team. He literally didn’t know how to put on a football helmet only a few years ago. He comes to a foreign country, makes an NFL team, and beats out a first round pick to start at left tackle. Beast.

  3. Brilliant pick by Howie to get Mailata in 7th round. Great job by Stoutland developing him into a franchise left tackle. Congrats to Mailata, he earned it!

  4. As an Eagles fan, I hope this is a sign that the team is going back to its old ways of looking to the future with roster moves.

    Since the Super Bowl, the team has been looking backward – overpaying aging veterans whose best days are behind them and trading premium draft picks like they’re candy. All that did was usher an era of losing seasons and leading the league in dead money counted against the cap.

  5. I love every bit of this story. Just want to to see him get the ball in his hands on a crucial 4th and 1. He’d be unstoppable.

  6. as an Eagles fan, i am overjoyed with this because he’s my favorite guy on the team. props to Brian Baldinger for taking the time to post film study of Mailata over the course of his development, raving about what he sees

  7. Good for him! I’ve been following Jordan’s story since he got drafted. I always felt he would make it, if he got the right coaching. Absolutely delighted!!

  8. Love Mailata, but it’s too early for his extension. Not that his talent and potential don’t merit it, but: (1) he hasn’t yet started a full season; (2) he’s had a history of back problems; and (3) it all but kills any trade market for Howie’s first round LT choice Andre Dillard, whom Mailata beat out for the position. In the last regard, this deal could have been done after the trade deadline, or for that matter even after the season. Hope it doesn’t backfire… again.

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