Rumors of an imminent deal abounded today, with both Steve Goff and Brian Straus reporting that D.C. United was close to signing Eddie Johnson to a designated player contract. However, these reports were even more imminent than we thought, with D.C. United announcing the deal officially this afternoon. Per club and league policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed; however, Goff and Straus theorize that the deal is likely a two-year contract with an annual salary somewhere between $500,000 and $750,000.
The deal makes Johnson D.C. United's only designated player, and possibly the team's second-highest paid player ever, behind the disaster that was Marcelo Gallardo and his $1.9 million contract. The deal provides Johnson with the raise that he wanted (and deserved), but is hopefully short enough that he does not lose focus.
A quote from United general manager Dave Kasper:
"Eddie is an elite striker who is in the prime of his career, and we are thrilled that he has made a commitment to D.C. United. We look forward to Eddie's contributions on and off the field."
And a quote from Johnson himself:
"I want to thank D.C. United for showing faith in me. I'm extremely proud to wear the Black-and-Red, and I am excited to get the season started with my new teammates"
What do you think of Johnson's new deal? Is that a fair price, a steal, or too much to pay? And do you think this new contract will affect the way Johnson plays, for better or for worse?