Eagles debate table: Is Lane Johnson a legitimate Hall of Fame candidate?

Lane Johnson #65, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
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During his brief tenure as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, there wasn’t much to celebrate in terms of Chip Kelly’s accomplishments. He shipped off fan favorites, some of the best players the organization has ever seen (DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy). The team progressively worsened during every season he was at the helm. Still, despite his flaws, he did a few things right, namely drafting Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, and Lane Johnson and picking up Darren Sproles by trading a fifth-round draft choice away.

The Birds are still benefiting from the Lane Johnson selection. The fourth-overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Lane’s 2022-2023 campaign with his Eagles teammates will be his tenth year of playing football at its highest level.

It’s tough to do anything for a decade. Still, despite the highs and lows, setbacks and achievements, and a trip to the NFL’s mountaintop as a member of the 2017 squad that hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy to conclude Super Bowl LII, Lane isn’t mentioned as a surefire Hall of Famer even if he should be (and he should).

His resume speaks for itself, but typically, when you approach the end of something special, you begin looking back at the moments that made everything worthwhile. Sadly, Lane Johnson has probably played more games than he has left, but here’s a question we’ve been asking for a while now.

Will Canton come calling when Lane hangs up the cleats for good? We’re glad that you asked! Here are a few theories.