Eagles RT Lane Johnson says he wants to play “maybe two more years” after this season
Over the weekend, Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson spoke about mental health at a small local event. There, he told attendees that he wants to play “maybe two more years” after the 2022 season.
PhillyVoice’s Jimmy Kempski was at the event and writes, “I had the pleasure of listening to Lane Johnson speak about mental health at a small event on Saturday. (PhillyVoice will have a story on that experience soon). Afterward, Johnson volunteered that he wants to play ‘maybe two more years’ after this season.”
This is noteworthy for several reasons. First and foremost, Johnson’s retirement plan will certainly affect how the Eagles’ front office approaches this offseason.
The team currently has two first-round picks entering next year and six in total. One of the first-round picks belongs to the New Orleans Saints and if the season ended today, it would be the ninth overall selection. I wouldn’t expect Howie Roseman to attack the offensive line with that high of a pick (though anything is possible). With the team’s own first-round pick, which figures to be somewhere in the 25-32 range, snagging a development lineman is plausible.
The Eagles have proven time and time again that they favor their offensive line over everything else. They used their second-round pick on Jason Kelce’s successor in the 2022 NFL Draft and I wouldn’t be surprised if they took a similar route in finding Johnson’s replacement.
Utility lineman Jack Driscoll has proven to be a suitable right tackle whenever Johnson is sidelined, but who knows if he’ll even be with the team in two years. Driscoll has one year remaining on his rookie deal and chances are he’ll want to start sooner than later. He turns 26 in April and will be 28 or 29 by the time Johnson decides to hang up the cleats.
Whenever Johnson calls it quits, he’ll go down as one of the best lineman in Eagles history. He hasn’t given up a sack since 2020 and hasn’t surrendered more than one sack in a season since 2018. Johnson rarely gets the national recognition he deserves but he’ll be inducted into the Eagles ring of honor almost immediately upon his retirement.
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