Good news for Lane Johnson jersey owners—the offensive lineman has extended his stay in Philadelphia for four more years.
As reported by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Eagles have agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract extension with their right tackle that includes more than $54 million in guarantees.
Shattering Trent Brown’s previous record-setting contract with the Raiders, Johnson’s extension makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history.
The 2013 fourth-overall draft selection has become an indispensable member of the Eagles’ roster. The difference in the team’s performance when Johnston is out of the lineup is too significant to be denied.
But the field is not the only place Johnson bears a strong presence. A locker room leader for the Eagles, Johnson’s vocal influence is why he is beloved by both teammates and fans alike.
Johnson cemented his legacy as a Philadelphia sports legend after flaunting an ‘underdog’ mask following an upset victory over the Atlanta Falcons in the 2017-2018 playoffs. His elite play and leadership of the injury-laden team helped steer the Eagles’ to a Super Bowl victory that year.
Only seven seasons into his professional career, Johnson is widely recognized as one of the NFL’s best right tackles. While the contract is not the most cap-friendly for the Eagles who have yet to extend Zach Ertz or Malcolm Jenkins, his value as a player makes him worth every penny. With logistics out of the way, Johnson and the Eagles now focus on their playoff push as the NFC East divisional race heats up.