The Philadelphia Eagles and tackle Lane Johnson came to terms on a 5 year extension, $63 million contract extension this morning, keeping the offensive lineman in Philadelphia through 2021.
Johnson was selected as the fourth pick in the 2013 draft, as the first selection of the Chip Kelly era. The former Oklahoma Sooner fit in right away as the starting tackle, and had a fine rookie season. Johnson faced some controversy in his second year, as the NFL suspended him for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Johnson rebounded well in 2015, starting all 16 games and even featuring at both left and right tackle.
The magnitude of Johnson’s new contract lends to speculation that the team could look to move on from aging veteran Jason Peters, and install Johnson as the full-time left tackle. Unless the Eagles start a left-handed quarterback, making the right tackle the blindside protector, Johnson could be moved to the left side for better blind side security.
This is but the first of many moves to be made on an offensive line that arguably ruined the Eagles season in 2015. Free agency and the draft will only add more quality and depth up front.