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Eagles, Johnson Hit Snag In Contract Negotiations

Lane Johnson, the 4th overall pick, is penciled in as the team's starting right tackle.

Lane Johnson, the 4th overall pick, is penciled in as the team’s starting right tackle.

Fourth overall pick OT Lane Johnson is the only unsigned player from the Eagles’ 2013 draft class. The hangup between Johnson and the Eagles appears to be the inclusion of offset language – which gives teams more financial security in the event that they cut a draft pick before his contract expires – in the contract.

Both the second and fifth overall picks are signed, and neither player’s contract includes offset language. Therefore, it seems that the Eagles, not Johnson, are overreaching in this instance. With a couple of weeks before training camp opens, it’s not time to hit the panic button yet, but the Eagles should approach negotiations with more urgency. The current rookie wage scale affords incoming players very little wiggle room in negotiations, giving teams no excuse to carry unsigned players on the roster into training camp. Under the new CBA, no rookie has opted for a lengthy holdout yet. Knock on wood.

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