The Philadelphia Eagles have secured yet another long-term player.
On Saturday, September 18, the team signed defensive end Josh Sweat to a contract extension. Sweat was scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of this season, but will now remain with the team through 2024. According to NFL’s Ian Rapoport, the contract is worth $40 million with $26.92 million guaranteed. The extension also comes with a $10 million signing bonus.
The news comes one week after the Eagles signed left tackle Jordan Mailata to a four-year deal.
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
Philadelphia drafted Josh Sweat in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. He had a short rookie year, ending it on the injured reserve list. In 2019 and 2020, Sweat totaled 59 tackles, ten sacks, and three forced fumbles.
The 24-year-old had a strong training camp during this year’s offseason and Philadelphia will be counting on him to be a key defender going into the 2021 season. Last week, the Eagles defense had a slow start during Week 1 against the Atlanta Falcons; however, after finishing strong, they could be on their way to becoming the best in the league this season. Sweat recorded six tackles, playing the most snaps at his position. He will be used as a rotating piece.
His new contract extension places him as the 22nd highest-paid edge rusher in the NFL.