Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Josh Sweat was set to be a free agent at the end of this season. That’ll no longer be the case for the Florida State product.
On Saturday, the Eagle reached an agreement with Sweat on a three-year, $40 million extension that could be worth up to $43 million. This contract for Sweat includes $29.6 million guaranteed.
Sweat had a breakout season in 2020, racking up 38 total tackles, 12 quarterback hits, six sacks, three forced fumbles and two passes defended. During last week’s season opener, he had six tackles in 40 snaps.
Eagles’ DE Josh Sweat, who was scheduled to be a free agent after this season, reached agreement on a three-year, $40 million contract extension that could be worth up to $43 million and includes $26.9 million gtd, tying him to Philadelphia through the 2024 season, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 18, 2021
At 24 years old, Sweat has plenty of time to become an even better pass rusher. In fact, an argument can be made that Philadelphia is paying him for the player that he could become, not the one that he currently is.
Regardless of the motive behind this deal, it’s very evident that Eagles fans are on board with this contract extension.
Josh Sweat the last 2 seasons:
• 10 sacks
• 22 QB hits
• 16 tackles for loss
• Played in just 38% of snaps
Contract well deserved. pic.twitter.com/x5btIokT80
— Victor Williams (@ThePhillyPod) September 18, 2021
Sweat isn’t the only member of the Eagles who has signed a significant contract extension this month. Prior to Week 1, offensive tackle Jordan Mailata signed a four-year, $64 million contract.
Clearly, the Eagles want to keep productive players they recently drafted on their roster for the long haul.
“The extensions for Jordan Mailata and Josh Sweat the last two weekends are classic Eagles,” Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports said. “Get ahead and pay your guys with potential and prioritize the lines.”
The extensions for Jordan Mailata and Josh Sweat the last two weekends are classic Eagles. Get ahead and pay your guys with potential and prioritize the lines.
— Dave Zangaro (@DZangaroNBCS) September 18, 2021
Mailata and Sweat were both drafted by Philadelphia in 2018, so general manager Howie Roseman deserves a round of applause for those selections.
“That 2018 Eagles draft — TE Dallas Goedert, DE Josh Sweat, CB Avonte Maddox, LT Jordan Mailata — all key contributors. OL Matt Pryor played a lot of snaps and was traded for a draft pick,” Eagles insider Dave Spadaro said. “Very productive draft judged fairly.”
That 2018 #Eagles draft — TE Dallas Goedert, DE Josh Sweat, CB Avonte Maddox, LT Jordan Mailata — all key contributors. OL Matt Pryor played a lot of snaps and was traded for a draft pick. Very productive draft judged fairly.#FlyEaglesFly
— Dave Spadaro (@EaglesInsider) September 18, 2021
Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert could be next in line for a contract extension. He was excellent in the season opener, hauling in four passes for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Philadelphia will take on San Francisco this Sunday in an NFC showdown. The winner of that game will improve to 2-0 on the season.