Report: Lane Johnson takes a pay cut to help Eagles out of salary cap woes

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.

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.

The Eagles are nearing the green as the beginning of the new league-year beckons, but what else does Howie Roseman have up his sleeve?


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