PHILADELPHIA ( - With the new league year set to begin Wednesday, the Eagles made a significant move toward getting their financial house in order by reworking Lane Johnson's contract.

According to ESPN's Field Yates, Philadelphia gained $7.5 million in space with some creative accounting and lowered Johnson's cap charge in 2018 from $12.48M to just $4.98M.

For his flexibility, Johnson, perhaps the best right tackle in football, got a signing bonus of $4.193M, a number that can be spread out over the remaining years of his contract.

Johnson's base salary takes a massive drop from $10.52M in 2018 to just $790,000 but he we be receiving the same stipend, it's essentially just fully guaranteed now.

Johnson had his best season as a professional in the Eagles' run to their first Super Bowl title, being named an All-Pro for the first time in his career.

-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for You can reach him at or on Twitter @JFMcMullen

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