Eagles, Lane Johnson agree to four-year deal
The Eagles and first-round pick Lane Johnson have finally agreed to terms on a four-year contract, the team announced Saturday.
The signing means that the Eagles now have all of their draft picks officially signed. Johnson, along with the rest of the rookie class, is scheduled to report for camp Monday.
“We’re very excited to have all of our draft picks ready to go for the start of training camp,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said in a team press release. “I give Lane and his agent, Ken Sarnoff, a lot of credit for their work in getting this deal complete. Both had stated to us how important it was to get this deal signed before the rookies report on Monday and they kept their word. We’re all looking forward to watch Lane get his NFL career started.”
According to Adam Caplan, the deal also includes a team option for a fifth year.
As Les Bowen of the Daily News reported Saturday, the signing of Dion Jordan by the Miami Dolphins included “offset language.” What that means is that when a player is cut and another team signs him, the money that is owed to him by his new team is deducted from his former one. Teams have been pushing for this language in rookie contracts.
Bowen reported that the ramifications of Jordan’s signing would help in the process of signing Johnson in time for the start of camp.
According to Jeff McLane of the Inquirer, this turned out to be the case. McLane also reported that in return of having this language in his contract, Johnson will receive his entire signing bonus of $12.8 million in 15 days, which is sooner than usual. Jordan will receive his signing bonus sooner as well.
The total potential of Johnson contract is $19.853 million over the four years, according to McLane.