Lane Johnson lands massive extension, Eagles earn needed cap relief

Lane Johnson #65, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
Lane Johnson #65, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images) /

In what has become an annual tradition, the new league year began with discussions and rumors about a possible restructured Lane Johnson contract by the Philadelphia Eagles. The theory was vice president/general manager Howie Roseman would stretch some of the coins Philly owes “the best tackle in the NFL” by extending him and possibly adding a couple of years on the back of his current deal. Hopefully, that would free up some cash to alleviate salary cap pressure.

The news came later than we thought. It does involve Lane, but Howie has exceeded our expectations.

Lane Johnson receives an extension from the Philadelphia Eagles and helps the team free up some cap space.

Guess what ladies and gents? Lane Johnson is getting an extension from the Eagles, and it’s a massive number. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Philadelphia is inking the four-time Pro Bowler to an incredible one-year, $33.445 million contract extension that includes $30 million guaranteed.

Believe it or not, that’s more than the total combined deals that Marcus Epps earned from the Las Vegas Raiders (two years, $12 million) and T.J. Edwards earned from the Chicago Bears (three years, $19.5 million). Here’s a serious question though.

With the way the NFL’s salary cap is growing and considering how the market is changing with elite tackles, does this really sound like a bad idea or an enormous number? Think about it this way. If we were to make guesses, if Lane was to play into the 2026 season, the new number could be reworked again if necessary.

Come on. We all know that this time next year we’ll be discussing another restructured deal.

Prior to the announcement, Johnson was scheduled to make over $24 million in 2023. Per sources, he’ll now play under a reduced number ($14.8 million), and that should provide Philadelphia with close to $10 million in cap relief.