The Eagles signed OT Lane Johnson on Saturday night.
Great news. The #4 overall pick will report on time and get right to the business of being the Birds starting RT. I don’t think anyone saw him as Danny Watkins 2.0, but this will ease the minds of some worrisome fans.
Johnson played RT at Oklahoma in 2011. He spent time there during the Senior Bowl week and I thought he looked very natural there. He does have to adjust to life in the NFL. Johnson wasn’t given the starting job this spring, but did end up working with the #1 OL after the first couple of OTAs. The Eagles have high expectations for him.
The big issue for Johnson is technique. He has the size, strength and athleticism to be a Pro Bowl player. He has to learn the subtleties of the position. That makes it all the better that he’s going to be in camp on time. Every rep he gets will help him. Every chance OL coach Jeff Stoutland gets to work with Johnson will help him.
Johnson signed a 4-year deal and the Eagles did get their offset language in there. Per Jeff McLane…
Total potential worth of Lane Johnson's contract is $19.853 million over 4 years, per sources.
— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) July 21, 2013
The Eagles have everyone signed and ready to go.