Eagles Sign Patterson to Contract Extension
MIke Patterson
Posted Nov 2, 2006

Scout.com has learned that the Eagles defensive tackle has been signed to a long-term deal by the team. Another story broken by WarNest and Scout.com!

scout.com has learned the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a seven-year contract extension with DT Mike Patterson on Thursday.

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.

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