March 24, 2023
The Philadelphia Eagles have extended Lane Johnson's contract, according to a report from ESPN.
Eagles are giving All-Pro RT Lane Johnson a one-year, $33.445 million contract extension, including $30 million guaranteed, per source. He’s now under contract through 2026. Johnson hasn’t surrendered a sack the past two seasons, even playing last postseason with a torn adductor.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 24, 2023
Johnson is arguably the best offensive lineman (not just right tackle, not just offensive tackle) in the NFL, and the Eagles' most important player, Jalen Hurts aside. Johnson said in October that he intended on playing another two years after the 2022 season, and this move essentially reinforces that the Eagles expect Johnson to play at least two more seasons.
Prior to this move, Johnson had a base salary of $14,155,000 in 2023, and was scheduled to count for $24,193,998 on the salary cap. His extension is no doubt designed to move money around so that the Eagles can accomplish what they need to the rest of this offseason, which includes a likely extension for Hurts.
Update: The extension lowers Johnson's 2023 cap number significantly, as expected:
Lane Johnson’s 2023 cap number was slated to be $24.2 million. His new deal lowers the number to ~$14.8 million. So the #Eagles save $9.4 million on this year’s cap with this new deal for Johnson.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 24, 2023
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