The Eagles have been doing all they can to lift them selves out of the red when it comes to the salary cap. From the acquirement of Michael Bennett (and likely parting of ways with Vinny Curry), to trading Torrey Smith, the team have to get back down to the full $177M cap limit by the start of the new league year. Luckily for them, there’s one man reportedly ready to help.
Eagles – who will be in need of cap space when the new league year begins tomorrow to facilitate moves such as the trade for Michael Bennett – have created $7.5M in cap space by restructuring the contract of offensive tackle Lane Johnson, as @FieldYates reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 13, 2018
Franchise right tackle, Lane Johnson, has reportedly taking a pay cut, shaving a whopping $7.5M off of the Eagles cap debt, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Field Yates.
Johnson signed a five-year deal worth $56,260,000 back in 2016 and while his suspension that year voided all base salary guarantees, that hasn’t stopped him from putting the team first. It’s unclear just how the Eagles have decided to restructure the deal, but Johnson was scheduled to make $10,250,000 in 2018.
Johnson is the latest in a long line of fan-favorites to commit such a selfless act. Brent Celek did the same just one year ago and it’s this kind of gesture that really highlights the culture and type of person that the Eagles want inside their locker room. Johnson is easily one of, if not the best right tackle in the league. For him to be so willing to part ways with almost 1/5th of his potential earnings is beyond stunning.
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