The contract could be worth up to $80MM and includes $40.85MM in guaranteed money. The extension was signed right before Mailata and his teammates flew to Atlanta for their season opener (per ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Twitter).
Mailata has one of the better NFL stories, as the 6-foot-8, 380-pound lineman didn’t start playing football until just three years ago. The former rugby player was a 2018 seventh-round pick by the Eagles, and he effectively red shirted his first two years in the NFL. Mailata became Jason Peters‘ primary replacement last season, and the lineman ultimately started 10 games.
The 24-year-old was set to make $850K in the final year of his rookie contract. While this is a big-money extension for a player with only 10 career starts, it could end up being a steal if Mailata hits his potential. Pro Football Focus graded him as a middle-of-the-pack tackle last year, but he was ranked as a top-seven offensive tackle from Weeks 12 to 16 (per Brad Spielberger of PFF on Twitter). The Eagles are clearly banking on Mailata carrying that momentum into 2021.
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