Eagles sign first-round tackle Lane Johnson

The Philadelphia Eagles hammered out a $19.85 million contract with first-round offensive tackle Lane Johnson on a four-year contract with a team option for a fifth year.

The deal includes a $12.81 million signing bonus under the NFL slotting system for rookie contracts.

The deal includes offset language, a priority for the team in negotiations.

"We're very excited to have all of our draft picks ready to go for the start of training camp," said general manager Howie Roseman. "I give Lane and his agent, Ken Sarnoff, a lot of credit for their work in getting this deal complete. Both had stated to us how important it was to get this deal signed before the rookies report on Monday and they kept their word. We're all looking forward to watch Lane get his NFL career started."

The fourth overall pick of the draft, Johnson is a 6-foot-6, 310-pounder is a converted quarterback, tight end and defensive lineman from Oklahoma.

The physically gifted Texas native was a second-team All-Big 12 selection.

Johnson is expected to play right tackle early in his career because Jason Peters, the Eagles' top lineman, is already a fixture at left tackle.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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