Lane Johnson reveals his reaction to Laremy Tunsil’s contract extension with Texans
Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Lane Johnson had the distinction of being the highest-paid offensive lineman for all of about five months. Laremy Tunsil of the Texans might know this.
Johnson signed a four-year, $72 million contract extension with the Eagles at the end of November after cementing his place as one of the top tackles in the league.
While Tunsil might have taken Johnson’s record, the Eagles’ Pro Bowler explained Tunsil’s payday is actually a huge positive for other players at the tackle spot (via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle):
“I was happy for him,” said Johnson. “He’s a great player. He’s still young, too. He’s a young talent. I love watching him play. Hey, all these guys getting their new money, I’m not mad at them, good for them. I like his athleticism.”
The Texans acquired Tunsil from the Miami Dolphins prior to the start of the 2019 season. The former first-round pick would be named to his first Pro Bowl and was an elite pass-blocker at the left tackle spot.
The Texans are the only team whose entire 2020 offensive line finished with a 2019 pass block grade north of 70.
Laremy Tunsil: 88.2 (3rd LT)
Max Scharping: 74.0 (13th LG)
Nick Martin: 82.3 (6th C)
Zach Fulton: 77.0 (6th RG)
Tytus Howard: 70.4 (15th RT) pic.twitter.com/iyk3HTEBVC
— PFF HOU Texans (@PFF_Texans) May 25, 2020
Bill O’Brien got aggressive after Tunsil said he wanted a record-breaking contract, and the Texans also showed quarterback Deshaun Watson something by locking up his blind side.
But Tunsil still has plenty of room to grow. The 25-year-old had a hard time with snap counts in 2019, committing a whopping 14 false starts.
As Johnson noted, Tunsil is still young, and he has tremendous athleticism. The Texans will hope Tunsil can make the necessary adjustments as they prepare for the 2020 campaign.