No hard feelings.
One of the first things a lot of fans thought when the Eagles signed linebacker Zach Brown was the brief feud between him and Lane Johnson before the 2017 season.
That beef has now been publicly squashed.
To refresh your memory, back before the 2017 season, Johnson penned a story for The Players Tribune and in it, had this passage about the Eagles’ Week 1 matchup against the Redskins, who had signed Brown that offseason:
Let me tell you what’s going to happen in a couple of weeks. This team is going to go down to D.C. and whup some ass against the Redskins. We’re going to surprise some people.
That bit of Johnson’s article made its way down 95, to Brown and the Washington locker room, where it wasn’t received very well. This was the season after Johnson’s 10-game suspension for his second PED offense, so Brown was happy to take the low-hanging fruit.
They are some new boys in town and we don't need PEDs to win... but just for u, 53 will be seeing you!— Zach Brown (@ZachBrown_55) August 23, 2017
Not long after he tweeted that, NBC Sports Washington spoke to Brown, who said Johnson’s comments were “insulting.” Brown was in his first year with Washington and wanted to create a winning atmosphere, which is awfully hard to do if your opponents are saying they’re going to whup your ass.
At the time, Brown said, “That’s the thing, he’s guaranteeing that win. So when that game comes, when that opening game comes, we’ll see what happens.”
Well … the Eagles won that Week 1 matchup in Washington, 30-17, and then went on to win the first Super Bowl championship in franchise history as Johnson was named to the All-Pro team. Washington went 7-9, the same record it finished with in both of Brown’s two seasons there.
Now, Brown is an Eagle. And it seems like the bad blood between these two won’t be an issue.
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