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Lane Johnson on new contract: 'My whole goal is to retire an Eagle'

Field Level Media
25 Mar 2023, 04:19 GMT+10

Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro right tackle Lane Johnson signed a contract extension on Friday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the Eagles, however multiple media outlets reported it was worth $33.4 million, of which $30 million is guaranteed.

The extension stretches Johnson's contract byone year through the 2026 season and brings the Eagles' total potential financial commitment remaining to him to $80.75 million over four seasons.

"My whole goal is to retire an Eagle," Johnson said on Friday. "That's what I'm going to do. I'm just excited to be here, be as fortunate as I am to be with one team for as long as I have. I love this game and, more importantly, I love the people and the coaches that I'm with every day and that's why I love the game so much."

Also on Friday, the Eagles announced the signing of safety Terrell Edmunds to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. The addition of Edmunds comes on the heels of the team losing fellow safety CJ Gardner-Johnson in free agency.

The deal for Johnson comes after he delayed surgery and played in the postseason despite a torn abdominal tendon. As head coach Nick Sirianni phrased it, the 32-year-old Johnson continued to play like the "best tackle on the planet."

"He's a warrior," quarterback Jalen Hurts said of Johnson. "He's a true warrior and a very important piece of this team. He's been doing great things for a very long time, and I'm very grateful to have him. We're grateful to have him and I'm happy that he's kind of coming out of this thing clean."

Though Johnson missed two games before returning to face the New York Giants in the postseason in January, nobody was questioning his toughness.

"It's kind of how I was raised," Johnson said before Super Bowl LVII. "My dad was a bull rider back in the day, so guys had torn groins, collapsed lungs. That was kind of their culture, so I grew up around that kind of stuff."

Johnson has been vulnerable and transparent about football-related anxiety and briefly stepped away from the team in 2021. But Johnson said in February he was very much committed to playing in Philadelphia as center Jason Kelce weighed the decision to play a 13th season in 2023.

Johnson has started 127 career games with the Eagles since being selected as the No. 4 pick in the 2013 draft. He is a four-time Pro Bowl and two-time first-team All-Pro selection. He has not allowed a sack since Week 11 of 2020.

Edmunds, 26, had 70 tackles and a career-best two sacks in 15 games (all starts) last season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played on a one-year, $2.5 million deal in 2022.

He had 410 tackles, five sacks and five interceptions and 26 pass deflections in 79 games (75 starts) since being selected by the Steelers with the 28th overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

--Field Level Media

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