Eagles Continue Spending With Huge Contact Extension

The Philadelphia Eagles continue their spending spree by extending the contract of one of their key starters.
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The Philadelphia Eagles have been busy over the past few days, re-signing their own players and retaining key starters for the future. They already extended Reed Blankenship's contract earlier this week, brought back Avonte Maddox, and now they just reached an agreement with their starting offensive tackle Jordan Mailata on Thursday.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Mailata is signing a three-year, $66 million contract extension. This keeps him in Philly until 2028 and he will make $22 million per year on average, making him the fourth-highest paid offensive tackle in the league.

Eagles Sign LT Jordan Mailata to Big Extension

This is a great developmental success story for both the Eagles and Mailata. The Sydney, Australia native was a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after his rugby league career back home. He came to the NFL as part of the International Player Pathway Program despite having never played football before.

After that, Mailata established himself as a wrecking ball of an offensive tackle. With his 6'8, 365-pound frame, he became a huge difference-maker on the offensive line, consistently grading as one of the best blindside protectors in the league. Last season, he received 83.0 in run blocking grade and 83.2 in pass blocking grade on PFF, only allowing three sacks and two QB hits all year. He was also the only offensive lineman on the team to play 100 percent of offensive snaps last season.

So, it is safe to say that this was more than deserved. At age 27, Mailata should have plenty of productive seasons ahead of him in Philadelphia.

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