The Philadelphia Eagles are making sure one of the game’s best offensive tackles stays in the City of Brotherly Love a little longer. The team agreed to a one-year, $33.445 million extension with right tackle Lane Johnson, ESPN reported on Friday.
Johnson’s extension includes $30 million guaranteed and keeps him under contract through 2026. His 2023 cap number was slated to be $24.2 million, but the extension lowers it to about $14.8 million. The deal will save the Eagles $9.4 million on this year’s cap.
The right tackle has been a staple of the Eagles’ offensive line, starting in all 127 games played since being selected fourth overall in 2013. Johnson hasn’t allowed a sack in two seasons, and he played with a torn adductor during the Eagles’ Super Bowl run this past season.
Johnson’s extension is another example of the Eagles making sure their veteran players from last year’s team are happy. Long-time center Jason Kelce is returning for the 2023 season with a new contract, starting defensive linemen Fletcher Cox and Brandon Graham re-signed, and the team retained its starting cornerback duo of James Bradberry and Darius Slay, who also received an extension.
The Eagles kept or extended many veteran players but lost younger players, like starting left guard Isaac Seumalo, who signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers, and running back Miles Sanders, who signed with the Carolina Panthers. The defense also lost major contributors in Javon Hargrave, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Marcus Epps and T.J. Edwards, who all signed elsewhere in free agency.
Still, making sure Johnson remains content in Philadelphia and freeing up additional cap space has to feel like a win. Johnson has made two All-Pro teams (including this past season) and has been named to four Pro Bowls in his career.