has learned the Philadelphia Eagles
have agreed to a
seven-year contract extension with DT Mike Patterson
The former 2005 first-round selection's extension is worth between $32-$40
million with $9 million in guaranteed money.
Patterson signed a five-year deal as a rookie and will play under the final
three years of that contract then the new deal will extend him through 2016.
The Eagles, like many teams around the league, are looking to sign their
young, upside players before the November 6 deadline to use their remaining
salary cap money for 2006 for this year's cap.
Other players that could be under consideration for contract extensions are
RB Correll Buckhalter, OL Todd Herremans, TE L.J. Smith,
DE Trent Cole, and DE Juqua Thomas.
Buckhalter has done a great job coming back multiple knee surgeries and has
looked as good as ever this season. Herremans can play tackle or guard and
could be the eventual successor to veteran RT Jon Runyan. Smith is
having his finest season in his four-year career. Cole is headed for
double-digit sack totals in just his second season. Thomas, a former waiver
wire pickup during the 2005 pre-season, has done well for the club as a
situational pass rusher.