The Philadelphia Eagles and Lane Johnson are reportedly working on a monster contract extension. Johnson started all 16 games in 2015 and has one year left on his rookie contract. The large extension tells us a few things…
In addition to switching his financial lane, Johnson is most likely the plan to replace the aging Jason Peters within the coming seasons. The tackle is both young, athletic and almost playing at a Pro Bowl level. This past season he saw plenty of time at the Left Tackle position when Peters was out of action.
Jason Peters dealt with injuries for most of the season,
leaving Johnson the opportunity to shine at left tackle.
Secondly, most would be correct in assuming Howie Roseman is the GM of this team and is clearly the one pulling the trigger to working out these deals. He also is using the “Joe Banner” approach of locking guys in early before final contract years arrive and players out perform their worth. (reference Jeremy Maclin on a 1 year deal and eventually signing in Kansas city for 11 million) This method could project and play a major role in other players in the pipeline.
Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry among others could receive deals before the free agency period officially begins on March 15th. With the recent signings, it comes into question whether free agent QB Sam Bradford is a main priority. As of now, it appears that the Eagles are solidifying the trenches and team around whoever steps in to lead the offense. Lane Johnson’s extensions signifies he is the first key in protecting the quarterback of the future.