The Eagles on Monday agreed to a three-year contract extension with guard Isaac Seumalo, who was due to become a free agent after the upcoming season.
Seumalo is due to earn $749,000 with a $939,966 cap hit in 2019, and the extension kicks in for 2020 and runs through 2022, the team announced. Terms were not immediately available.
Seumalo, 25, was the Eagles’ third-round pick in 2016. He’s started 15 games, including nine last year. He started four as a rookie — one at left guard, two at right guard and one at right tackle — plus two at left guard in 2017 and 11 at left guard last year, including both playoff games.
Seumalo began the Super Bowl season as the starting left guard before losing his job to Stefen Wisniewski after three games. Wisniewski began last year as the left guard before Seumalo won the job back in Week 4. He remained there the rest of the year, other than three late-season games that Wiz started when Seumalo was hurt.
I’m really thankful that the team stuck with me and that they’re giving me this opportunity with the contract,” Seumalo said in an interview on the Eagles’ web site. “I’m super-grateful. I’ve put a lot of work into this after the setback from 2017 and I’m going to keep being me and doing what’s gotten me to this point. I felt really good looking back on the year and how I played. There is always going to be stuff that you want to improve. You want to be perfect. That’s the goal. Game-by-game, though, I think I played better and better. For sure, my best football is still to come. I’m excited to be in Philly and keep working and improving. We’ve got a lot of great pieces and we’re all working hard to get better.
With Brandon Brooks’ status unknown following his Achilles rupture in the Saints playoff game, Seumalo becomes an important piece and projects as the likely starting opening-day right guard in 2019.
Seumalo stands 6-foot-4, 305 pounds, and although he has struggled at times for the most part, he’s delivered the Eagles steady, physical play, and the team believes he has a ton of upside.
Seumalo is the third projected 2019 starter the Eagles have signed over the last week. They inked defensive end Brandon Graham, who was due to become a free agent later this month, to a three-year extension and added a year to all-pro center Jason Kelce’s contract.