Huge Eagles Extension in the Works After Jordan Mailata's New Deal

The Philadelphia Eagles continue their spending spree to retain their key players.
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The Philadelphia Eagles had a busy offseason, not only by adding talent in free agency but also by retaining several key players. The front office broke the bank for massive contract extensions for two key offensive linemen; giving a four-year, $84 million deal for guard Landon Dickerson and signing offensive tackle Jordan Mailata to a three-year, $66 million extension.

It looks like the spending spree isn't ending any time soon. According to the latest reporting by ESPN staff writer Tim McManus, the Eagles are preparing to extend the contract of another successful draft pick.

Eagles Rumors: DeVonta Smith Next in Line for Contract Extension

The latest extension in the works is wide receiver DeVonta Smith. McManus notes Philly is "making efforts behind the scenes" to lock up the talented wideout and there's "general optimism" something will be hammered out "in the near future."

""The Eagles are making efforts behind the scenes to get something done with 25-year-old Smith. Contract talks are ongoing, sources familiar with negotiations said, and there's general optimism that a deal will materialize in the near future.""

ESPN's Tim McManus

After being drafted tenth overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, the former Alabama star lived up to the expectations Philly fans had for him. Posting back-to-back 1,000+ receiving yards and seven touchdown seasons, the 25-year-old Smith is ready to take his game to the next level as he enters his prime.

In his three-year stint with Philadelphia, Smith already broke a few franchise records, setting an all-time rookie high for receiving yards with 916 and recording the most receptions in a season with 95 in 2022.

Entering his fourth season, Smith is not an immediate threat to leave. There may not be a sense of urgency to get a deal done as the Eagles can choose to exercise his fifth-year option. But receivers of Smith's caliber are hard to come by, so it would behoove Philadelphia to secure a long-term deal that works for both sides instead of risking him hitting free agency and costing more.

Miami Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill is the gold standard for pass-catchers in the league. He is currently on a $30 million per year deal. There is another handful of receivers who make over $25 million. Considering that Smith erased all concerns about his skinny build coming out of college, he is likely worth somewhere around the $25 million annual mark.

We will have to wait and see where this extension lands but this Eagles team is getting expensive really quickly. Philadelphia has to deliver another deep postseason run next season to warrant keeping this core together for the long haul.

On FanDuel Sportsbook, they are neck and neck with the Cowboys to win their division. (+130) Winning the NFC East would go a long way to guarantee keeping this group together.

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