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Johnson signs deal with Eagles
PHILADELPHIA---The Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League and first-round draft pick Lane Johnson have agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth nearly $20 million, guaranteeing that Johnson won't miss any practice time. Johnson, an offensive tackle from Groveton High School (Texas) and the University of Okla-homa, was the fourth player in the 2013's NFL Draft in New York City. The Eagles now have all eight of their rookie picks under contract heading in-to training camp at the NovaCare Complex. "We're very excited to have all our draft picks ready to go to camp,'' said Eagle General Manager Howie Roseman said. "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 and they kept their word. We're all looking forward to watch Lane get his NFL career started.'' According to a source familiar with the contract, the deal includes the so-called offset language that protects the Eagles in the extremely unlikely but possible event that they release Johnson before the contract expires. Without offset language, if Johnson was released and picked up another NFL team, the player would be paid by both franchises. The first would pay the remaining prorated portion of his deal, since the contract is fully guaranteed, and the second would assume weekly pro-rated pay-ments of the remaining base salary as well. Since this deal includes offset language, the Eagles would not have to pay Johnson any remaining money he is owned under original terms of the deal. According to the way the rookie wage scale works under terms of the CBA signed in 2011, the first 18 players taken in this year's draft will have fully guaranteed contracts. Although Johnson's con-tract includes offset lang-uage, Johnson's signing bonus is paid in full now. A source said Johnson will get a signing bonus of about $12.82 million as part of a deal worth about $19.85 million. Johnson's cap hits will range from about $3.6 million this year to about $6.3 million in 2016. Johnson is projected as the Eagles' starting right tackle going into training camp. The last rookie to start a season-opener for the Eagles at offensive tackle was John Welbourn, a fourth round-round pick in 1998. He is the first player the Eagles have drafted with a top-five pick since Dono-van McNabb was the second pick 14-years ago. It's the highest they've taken an offensive lineman since 1973, when they made Jerry Sizemore the third pick out of The University of Texas in Austin. The 23-year-old Johnson was a starting quarterback (plus other positions) at Groveton High School-----The Home-of-Football in the Lone Star State. He competed in all-sports at Groveton and made all A's in the classroom. On Sunday afternoon, Aug. 5, 2007, Johnson took the afternoon off to visit with this writer at the Church Camp at Wood-lake, Texas, Highway 287. Johnson's lovely par-ents, James and Ray Ann Evans of Woodlake (east of Groveton) can stand on the tallest building in this city and tell all the Eagles fans they have signed the pride of Deep East Texas. None better. Johnson entered his senior year at Groveton in August 2007. He did not miss one day during the summer not working out. Most of his teammates joined him. Johnson's father is Mr. David Earl Johnson of Rye, Texas (Highway 146 south of Livingston. He graduated from Cleveland Tarkington High School. Lane Johnson graduated from Groveton High School in May 2008, No. 1 in his class. He was very active in FFA. He showed a steer each spring in the Trinity County FFA and 4-H Show One of the Best Ranked one of the best schoolboy athletes in Texas. He played quarter-back his freshman year (2008) at Kilgore Junior College. He only attended Kilgore the fall semester his freshman year before heading to the University of Oklahoma where he played several positions. Johnson was a first team Big 12 Conference All-Academics his junior (2011) and senior (2012) years. He graduated from the University of Okla-homa in December 2012.