Hold The Lane
ITB: Birds Secure Johnson For Couple More Years
The Philadelphia Eagles are continuing to make moves two weeks into free agency, but roster questions remain.
On the latest “Inside The Birds” podcast, Adam Caplan and Geoff Mosher discussed the team’s most recent transactions and speculated on potential future moves.
Adam Caplan: “We knew he was playing this year and he’s definitely going to play next year based on the guaranteed money. You have to be careful when you do these extensions about guys getting older, particularly with the signing bonus. The bottom line is through ’24, he’s pretty much set.”
Geoff Mosher: “It also helps them. His cap number was going to be around $24 million. With the extension and moving around the money, it’ll be significantly lower this year. It sounds like you have Lane Johnson for two years.”
Mosher: “He has a ton of starting experience. He’s not a great player, has never made the Pro Bowl. It seems like a player who the league thinks has already hit his ceiling. It’s just surprising to see a guy with this many starts making veteran minimum.”
Caplan: “From our pro scouting source: positives, he’s very durable and versatile, can cover slots and tight ends, has pretty good size. Negatives: never lived up to the athletic numbers or came anything close to playing like a first-round pick. Not a playmaker, not super instinctive, but he can hit. Super-high character.”
Mosher: “Box safety, strong guy, but does miss tackles. With the defense that the Eagles are playing, which is still the [Vic] Fangio concept of quarters coverage, you do wonder how Edmunds fits that. He is more of a strong safety.”
Mosher: “They still need a slot receiver since they lost Zach Pascal to the Cardinals, they will return Quez Watkins but you and I both agree that Quez is not a slot receiver, he’s an outside receiver who was force-fed into the slot at times.”
Caplan: “Jarvis Landry is out there, he can play inside or outside. Cole Beasley came out of retirement, Scotty Miller can do it, he has short-area quickness.”
Mosher: “I would think the Titans would ask for a whole lot more than what the Saints got for C.J. Gardner-Johnson. We’re talking about a defensive lineman here who’s considered one of the best in the league. I don’t know if this is a similar situation where Howie Roseman’s going to swoop in and get Jeffery Simmons – if he’s even available – for a fourth-round pick.”
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com.
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