Kracz expects the Eagles to have an agreement in place with Johnson before shifting gears to other players who need to be addressed like DT Fletcher Cox.
However, a source tells Kracz that the Eagles and Cox are in negotiations right now to prevent him from testing the open market.
Johnson, 25, is a former first-round pick of the Eagles back in 2013. He has one year remaining on his four-year, $19.853 million rookie contract and stands to make a bases salary of $675,000 for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Johnson appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 25 offensive tackle out of 76 qualifying players.
Cox, 25, played out his four-year, $10.241 million rookie contract last year before the Eagles elected to pick up his fifth-year option. He’ll make a base salary of $7.799 million for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Cox appeared in all 16 games for the Eagles and recorded 71 tackles, 9.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two recoveries and two pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 2 defensive end in a 3-4 defense out of 57 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding potential contracts extensions for these players as the news is available.