Eagles Get Lane Johnson Under Contract, Now Let’s Go Camping

Eagles Get Lane Johnson Under Contract, Now Let’s Go Camping

The Birds got their first-round pick to ink his new deal, and with time to spare. After much hand-wringing over “offset language,” Lane Johnson agreed to a four-year contract worth close to $20 million late Saturday night.

Johnson was the club’s last rookie left to sign. He will report to training camp on Monday, along with the rest of the Eagles’ 2013 draft class and selected veterans. The full 90-man roster arrives on Thursday.

The reason for the delay with Johnson's contract was this offset language business, which basically boils down to whether or not the team would owe him the full amount in the event he is released. The Miami Dolphins won that battle with third-overall pick Dion Jordan earlier on Saturday, so it was only a matter of time until No. 4 followed suit.

Reuben Frank explains the details behind offset language.

Offset language has become a buzz word in recent weeks as teams signing first-round draft picks to fully guaranteed contracts work to protect themselves in the extremely unlikely event that they release a rookie draft pick with a guaranteed contract before that contract expires, and he's claimed on waivers by another team.

Without offset language, the player would then be paid by both teams -- the first team would pay the remaining pro-rated portion of his deal, since the contract is fully guaranteed, and the second team would assume weekly pro-rated payments of the remaining base salary as well.

That’s all very exciting, but here’s the important part: the Eagles will have their projected starter at right tackle in camp in time for the first practice on Tuesday. Finally the Chip Kelly era is about to begin in earnest.

>> Eagles ink Lane Johnson to four-year deal [CSN]

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

Nerlens Noel to undergo minor surgery on left knee

The Sixers on Friday announced that center Nerlens Noel will undergo a minor surgical procedure on his left knee to address an inflamed plica. 

Noel appeared in the Sixers' first preaseason game, but has been sidelined since Oct. 6 because of a left groin strain. 

While undergoing treatment, Noel reported left knee soreness, which led to the discovery of the inflamed plica.

Noel's status for the season opener on Oct. 26 was already in question, and knee surgery should officially rule him out. There is no timetable for his return.

No surgery for Bayless
The Sixers also announced that Jerryd Bayless' left wrist ligament injury will not require surgery.

Bayless, who has been a limited participant in training camp, will be reevaluated in two weeks.

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

Jahlil Okafor, Nerlens Noel among Bovada's favorites to be traded this season

The logam at the center position has dominated talk surrounding the Sixers as they approach the start of the 2016-17 season.

While a trade has yet to be made, Bovada believes there's a good chance two of the team's three young centers won't be in Philadelphia by season's end. 

Bovada released their NBA player props for the upcoming NBA season Tuesday, listing Nerlens Noel (5/7) and Jahlil Okafor (8/5) as two of the league's favorites to be dealt before February's trade deadline. On the other hand, Noel's odds to not be dealt are even, while Okafor's odds to remain a Sixer past this season are 4/9.

Kings swingman Rudy Gay was between Noel and Okafor with the second-best odds to be traded at 5/9. Gay's teammate DeMarcus Cousins had the fourth-best odds at 3/1. 

Bovada's over/under player props featured bets involving six different Sixers. Joel Embiid's rookie stat line was set at 13.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks. In five preseason games, Embiid has averaged 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in just 14.4 minutes of action. If his limited preseason action is any indication, Embiid could certainly reach Bovada's averages once his minutes restriction comes off. 

Here are the rest of the Sixers' over/under prop bets: 

  • Jahlil Okafor: 15 points, 6.5 rebounds
  • Nerlens Noel: 9.5 points, 7.5 rebounds
  • Gerald Henderson: 10.5 points
  • Robert Covington: 12.5 points
  • Dario Saric: 5.0 rebounds