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Lane Johnson Gets New Six-Year Deal

Posted Jan 29, 2016

On Monday, the Eagles signed 2013 second-round pick Zach Ertz to a five-year contract extension, locking the 25-year-old tight end up through 2021. And on Friday, the team reached a deal with the player selected in the first round of that year’s draft, Lane Johnson. Like Ertz, the 25-year-old tackle will be in midnight green through 2021 as well.

The signing of Ertz and Johnson speaks to a larger effort by the team to identify and retain potential cornerstone players on their roster in the wake of an overhaul of both the coaching staff and the team’s front office. Ertz has established himself as one of the top targets in the Eagles' offense alongside wideout Jordan Matthews, and Johnson has become a pillar of consistency opposite future Hall of Fame left tackle Jason Peters on the right side of the line.

Since being drafted No. 4 overall in 2013, Johnson has started each of the 44 games in which he’s played. Forty-two of those starts came on the right side of the line, while two came on the left side when Peters was sidelined with a back injury. As the 34-year-old Peters enters the twilight of his stellar career, there is a thought that Johnson can one day carry his torch on the blind side, where he excelled as a senior at Oklahoma in 2012.

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