Eagles, Lane Johnson Agree To Deal
The Eagles have agreed to a new six-year contract with Lane Johnson, the team announced.
It contains $35.5 million in guarantees and is worth up to $63 million. (Mike Garafolo had the details first.) The deal factors in Johnson’s eventual move to left tackle.
How soon that move comes depends on how the Eagles proceed with Jason Peters.
“I do,” said Doug Pederson, when asked if he thinks Peters can still be a starting left tackle. “I think JP’s got several good years left in him. I think that he does the right things in the offseason to get himself ready to go for another year, and really looking forward to visiting with him, sitting down and talking with him, and number one seeing where he’s at and then motivating him for the future.”
Peters recently turned 34. He has three years remaining on his current deal and is slated to make a base salary of $7.55 million this season. (The base is around $10 million both in 2017 and ’18.)
The 25-year-old Johnson, meanwhile, is in the final year of a rookie deal that was scheduled to pay him around $6 million when factoring in signing and roster bonuses. There will be a lot more guaranteed money in his bank account soon.
The Eagles already signed Brent Celek and Zach Ertz to deals this offseason and are trying to lock pending free agent Vinny Curry up as well. Fletcher Cox is under contract next season to the tune of $8 million, though the Eagles likely want to get him into a long-term deal as well.