Eagles Lock Up Josh Sweat with Extension
Last week the Eagles inked their left tackle Jordan Mailata to a brand new 4-year extension, and today they appear to be getting things in order on their defense.
The team signed fellow 2018 draft pick Josh Sweat to a new three-year contract extension worth $40 million dollars through the 2024 season.
"I'm excited to let you all know, I'm staying in Philly," Sweat said though a video on the Eagles official twitter account. "I'm excited for the years to come. Go Birds."
Philadelphia announced the extension on Saturday with a social media post.
As ESPN Adam Schefter points out, the 24-year old Sweat was slated to become a free agent after the 2021 season. Schefter reports that the deal could be worth up to $43 million and includes $26.9 million in guaranteed money.
Sweat, 24, joined the Eagles out of Florida State as a fourth-round pick in 2018, appearing in only nine games that year, making one tackle. He blossomed into a strong pass rushing specialist, with 10 sacks over the next team season despite never playing in more than 40% of the snaps.
IN all, Sweat has appeared in 30 games (three starts) for the Eagles over the past two years, collecting 59 tackles, 16 for loss, 10 sacks, 22 QB hits and three forced fumbles.
The 6-foot-5, 251-pound Sweat has concerning history of knee injuries, which involve his ACL, MCL, and PCL and have plagued him since high school and is one of the reason the Eagles have been careful with his snap counts over his first four three seasons.
In Week 1 against Atlanta, Sweat had six tackles in the game.