The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that they have agreed to a three year contract extension with defensive end Josh Sweat.

The deal is for $40M with a max of $42M and with $26.2M guaranteed. Sweat’s agent, Christopher Coy of Vanguard Sports Group, was first to announce the terms of the contract.

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Sweat is primed for a breakout season along the Eagles defensive line. The 24-year old had six sacks, 14 pressures, and three forced fumbles in 2020 while playing just 38% of the defensive snaps. The former fourth round pick was due to be a free agent at season’s end. It very well could turn out to be wise that he was extended before he blossoms with more playing time. 

However, Sweat’s extension does not bode well for Derek Barnett’s future with the Eagles. Barnett totaled 5.5 sacks and 21 pressures across 13 games (49% of snaps) last season and missed time with an ankle injury. The former 14th overall pick from the 2017 draft is also scheduled to be a free agent at season’s end but has not had the same impact as Sweat despite more playing time over the course of their careers. Barnett’s best season came in 2019 when he totaled 6.5 sacks and 26 pressures with two forced fumbles. He played in 69% of defensive snaps that season. By comparison, Sweat played in 35% of snaps in 2019 and totaled four sacks and 15 pressures.