NFL rumors: Eagles’ Derek Barnett, Lane Johnson restructure their contracts

The Eagles are reportedly restructuring some deals in what could be a move to give themselves some flexibility in the 2022 season.

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ESPN reporter Tim McManus reported Monday that defensive end Derek Barnett and right tackle Lane Johnson had restructured their contracts. McManus said it is believed that the moves were made to free up money that could be rolled over to give the Eagles more salary cap space in 2022 instead of acquiring another player for this season.


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Barnett is in the final year of this rookie contract and will become a free agent after the season ends. A first-round pick in the 2018 draft, Barnett is competing with Josh Sweat for a starting defensive end spot. Barnett agreeing to restructure his deal could very well indicate that the team could be looking to sign him to an extension.

The move also gives them the ability to keep tight end Zach Ertz for this season if they decide not to trade him. According to Over the Cap, Ertz counts $12.7 million against the team’s salary cap this season, was thought of as being on his way out after wanting to get a new contract, has been practicing during training camp, and has involved in the offense.

The Eagles could save $8.5 million if they do decide to trade Ertz. However, the restructures has given the team a little more room above the salary cap while allowing them to keep the veteran tight end.

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