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Eagles reach agreement on mega extension with Lane Johnson

Eagles reach agreement on mega extension with Lane Johnson

Lane Johnson isn’t going anywhere for a long time. 

The Eagles on Friday signed Johnson to a four-year extension that keeps him in Philly through 2025. The deal is worth $72 million, with $54.959 million in guaranteed money, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. 

The deal was first reported by NFL Network

Johnson, 29, was the No. 4 pick back in the 2013 draft and has become the best right tackle in the game and one of the best linemen, period, in the NFL. Now, he’s getting paid like it. 

That $18 million average per year in the extension is the highest among all offensive linemen league-wide. 

Johnson is also the first Eagles player under contract through the 2025 season. He’ll be 35 at the end of this deal, which means he could play his entire career in Philadelphia. That’s his goal, Johnson said. 

“We had a feeling that it was going to happen this year,” Johnson said on a conference call Friday night. “This organization is known for getting contracts done early, making smart moves. I felt comfortable with it. 

“My whole goal is just to stay here and be an Eagle the rest of my career. Moving forward, that’s all I want to do.” 

While left tackles have been long considered the more important position of the two tackles, Johnson has had to face a murderer’s row of pass rushers over the last few years because a lot of the league’s top players rush from that side. He’s held up very well. 

For years, Jason Peters has blocked Johnson from a move to the left side, but the league has changed in that right tackles are viewed much differently now than they were even in 2013 when Johnson came into the league. He probably has something to do with that. 

“I never thought I’d be a right tackle my whole career, but here I am,” Johnson said, “and that’s where I plan to stay.” 

Earlier this month, the Eagles signed right guard Brandon Brooks to a four-year extension through the 2024 season to make him the highest-paid guard in the league. 

So now they have that side of the line solidified for years to come with two of the best offensive linemen in football. Those two are also incredibly close. 

“I think the more we work together, the better we become,” Johnson said. “And, ultimately, I think we’re the best right side in the league. The beauty of this game is that you have to go prove it each and every week.”

This is the fourth extension the Eagles have gotten done this month. 

The Eagles also hope they have their long-term left tackle in Andre Dillard, whom they drafted in the first round this spring. The Eagles have always prioritized building through the lines and it doesn’t seem like they’re going to change that approach. 

The possible starting line next year of Dillard, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brooks and Johnson is under contract through the 2021 season. And four of those five are under contract through 2022. 

Johnson has been a Pro Bowler in each of his last two seasons and was an All-Pro in 2017, the year after he served a 10-game suspension for his second failed performance enhancing drug test. If Johnson were to ever fail another one, he’d face a two-year suspension. 

This season, Johnson has played in 10 games but missed last week’s game because of a concussion. He’ll return this weekend in Miami. It’s clear how much better the offense operates when Johnson is on the field. 

Since 2016 (including playoffs), the Eagles are 35-16 with Johnson in the lineup and 3-10 without him. 

As long as he stays healthy, the Eagles will have their right tackle for a long, long time. 

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Robey-Coleman on unique preseason: 'It's not like we forgot how to play football'

Robey-Coleman on unique preseason: 'It's not like we forgot how to play football'

They have a new safety, two new starting cornerbacks, a new slot corner and a rookie safety. And a new coach.

They all just met. Opening day is 33 days away.

Let’s go play football!

This truncated offseason isn’t ideal for anybody, but for the Eagles’ rebuilt secondary the absence of spring practices and preseason games combined with a curtailed training camp is a particularly daunting challenge just because this unit has undergone such a transformation.

Malcolm Jenkins is gone. Jalen Mills has moved from corner to safety. Avonte Maddox moves outside to CB2. Newcomer Nickell Robey-Coleman seems to be the front-runner for the slot. And Marquand Manuel has replaced Cory Undlin as secondary coach.

It’s an incredible amount of change in a position group where chemistry and cohesion are so important.

It’s a challenge, but it’s a process that’s got to be expedited,” Robey-Coleman said Monday. “But that’s why you have seasoned veterans who can come in and adjust to the climate of an organization or a situation that’s going on outside of football, just speaking on this pandemic. Me, Slay, Rod, Mills, guys like that that have been to the playoffs, that have been deep in the playoffs, that have won Super Bowls. We know how to adjust to things like this. We’re not lost in the sauce, like we forgot how to play football.

Can a secondary come together on Zoom calls?

Can a secondary develop chemistry when the players are social distancing in the locker room?

Can a secondary learn to play together without spring workouts?

Can a secondary learn what its new coach is looking for when they just met him a few weeks before opening day?

This is what this group is trying to accomplish.

“Just knowing that, ‘Hey, man we’re all in this thing together, we all gotta do this thing together,’” Robey-Coleman said. “We are stronger together, that’s been our motto the whole offseason, and coach (Doug) Pederson has been harping on that with us. So we just always have the mindset of doing everything together. No man is left behind. Iron sharpens iron. We’re all out here trying to get each other better. We’re all out here just trying to get a full understanding of each other, knowing that there’s new guys, new additions on the team and on the defense. So just being on the same page, talking to each other, communicating. ‘Hey, do you like to press? What do you like to do?’ Just knowing each others’ personalities and knowing how we could formulate the defense and make it easier for everyone to work better and work smarter.”

Robey-Coleman, who signed with the Eagles after four years with the Bills and three with the Rams, said finding ways to accelerate that growth process has been a constant point of emphasis since this shortened training camp began.

“Some guys might have done it like this in the past, but now we do it like this,” NRC said. “So it’s just little small nuances of the defenses that we just have to have down pat in order to be understood all the way across the board from every level of the defense, from the secondary to the linebackers to the d-line. So if we can get all of that to come together in a cool amount of time I feel like we’ll be OK for week one, and from there we’ll just make small adjustments from there going on throughout the season.”

This secondary has a lot of questions to answer and not a lot of time to answer them. 

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Cryptic tweet from Miles Sanders sends Eagles fans into brief tailspin

Cryptic tweet from Miles Sanders sends Eagles fans into brief tailspin

The Eagles’ 2020 season was over before it started for 22 minutes this afternoon. 

That’s how long it took for a cryptic tweet from Eagles running back Miles Sanders to send the fanbase into a tailspin before he cleared things up. Relax. Breathe easy. 

Sanders says he’s OK.  

At 1 p.m., Sanders tweeted: “Can’t catch a break” 

A cryptic tweet from the Eagles’ star running back during training camp is reason enough for concern in the Twitterverse. And panic ensued. After all, Sanders is expected to be a huge part of the Eagles’ offense in 2020. 

And, honestly, after the last couple of seasons, Eagles fans are conditioned to expect the worst injury news at any given moment. It seemingly happens all the time. 

The responses are pretty much what you’d expect. 

As a rookie in 2019, the dual threat 2nd-round pick came into his own late in the season and even broke the Eagles’ rookie record for scrimmage yards with 1,327. And that wasn’t even really a full season of Sanders. Imagine what he can do as the No. 1. 

In 2020, Sanders is expected to be a featured back. The Eagles are supposed to lean on him and he has the potential to have a true breakout season. 

At 1:22 p.m., Sanders tweeted: “Keep calm y’all lol I’m ready for the season.” 

Phew. 

This is Philly, Miles. I mean this in the best way possible: Of course they did. 

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