It took a little while, but it’s a done deal. Jason Peters is an Eagle. The birds dealt a first (28th) and fourth-round pick in next weekend’s draft and a sixth-round selection in 2010 to acquire the Bills‘ petulant left tackle. Late tonight, they finalized a 6-year contract, which will satisfy Peters.
Well, I guess the Birds have solved their issue at tackle. Let’s hope they are getting the 2007 version, not the 2008. Last year Peters held out and bitched and moaned about the Bills showing him the money, which they didn’t. Sorry, but a guy who cares more about his bank account than his team scares me a little.
Fortunately, we have Juan Castillo, who should be able to set Peters straight. He has the ability to be a dominant left tackle when he wants to, but last season he played uninspired football and looked more like Winston Justice. If he can return to his Pro Bowl form, this will constitute a great move by Reid and Co.
This leaves the Eagles with one first-round pick next weekend and no fourth rounder. I’m okay with that. My suspicion was they would make some sort of trade involving at least one of their opening round selections. The price was high, but franchise left tackles are a valuable commodity in the NFL.
They still have plenty of ammo to acquire a running back, tight end and possibly a center. At least this clears up what has been a cloudy situation regarding the 2009 offensive line. With all the elite pass rushers roaming around the NFC East, this should help ease McNabb‘s worried mind.
This also shows once again the importance Reid places on building inside out. Combined with Stacy Andrews, the Birds will have one of, if not the biggest tandem of tackles in football. It also points toward a more balanced offensive attack that doesn’t solely rely on the passing game to win games. Don’t forget about Leonard Weaver‘s role. What do you guys think of the trade?