It’s Official: Eagles Complete Trade for Jason Peters


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?

Do You Like the Trade for Jason Peters?

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  • Mitch Puschett

    Two possible trades that may still net us our choice RB, TE, and C:

    1) Trading this year’s second round pick & next year’s second round choice to New England for the 23rd pick this year. If Knowshon Moreno and Brandon Pettigrew are both on the board when the Eagles draft @21, this trade might allow us to move up and take both, before Atlanta can draft Pettigrew

    2) If Alex Mack is still on the board @31, we could package Jamaal Jackson, 2010’s first round pick, and one or two 2009 late-round picks together and get the draft’s best run-blocking center.

  • http://www.insidetheiggles.com Scott Tunstall

    Mitch – You have some very creative scenarios. That’s a lot of movement, and no way I would give up next year’s #1 pick. Those are too valuable.

    How about this. If Moreno is there at 21, take him. Then grab Max Unger or Eric Wood at 53 and either Ingram or Nelson at 85.

    The additions of Andrews and Peters lessens the need for a drive-blocking tight end like Pettigrew. I’d rather see a downfield threat like Ingram or Nelson to pair with Celek, who really improved his blocking late last season.

    If Moreno is gone, get Donald Brown. They still get quality at all three positions of need. With either Unger or Wood on board, both Nick Cole and Max Jean can stay at guard. Still need some depth at tackle, but maybe King Dunlap will work out, or they can find another guy in the 5th round.

  • Mitch Puschett

    This is a terrific class of centers; any one of five guys (Unger, Wood, Luigs, Caldwell) would be the number one center in most draft classes. They are all exceptionally smart, hard workers, and good athletes. The thing that sets Mack apart from the others is strength, base, and drive. He is able to hold his ground and drive block against NFL-Sized DTs and Nose-Tackles in a way that the others can’t.

    I appreciate your comments, and I wouldn’t give up our future draft picks easily. My logic is that both Pettigrew and Mack are the best players of their type to come out of college in this five-year window, and they both play positions that have an 8-10 year horizon. In Pettigrew’s case, if he is not the best TE, he is the most complete and best blocking TE. When a team has a realistic opportunity to get players of this caliber, I think they need to go for it.

    I’d like a top receiver, too; but with a line of Pettigrew, Andrews x 2, Mack, Herremans, and Peters, with Weavers at fullback the defense will have to play 8-9 in the box on every play. As mobile as this line would be, screens would be devastating. With this offensive line run-blocking and protecting McNabb, our present wideouts will be pro-bowlers.

  • http://landryhat davedallasfan

    DAMN,….i hate it……so you know it must be a great deal if your rivals are pissed about it? i think it was just fantastic. to give up a #28 spot for a probowl left tackle????? wow….looks like the east just got one player tougher. congrats to ya guys…..and yes moreno would be huge. frankly i hope and pray he’s gone before you guys get there….hey what can i say? did you expect anything else from a cowboy fan? again,..good trade.

  • Section118

    I love this trade. Say what you want about Peters and his character but we got a 27-year old 2x Pro Bowler. I know last year wasn’t his best but still… We may have the best O-line in the league and they are ALL UNDER 28. All we had to give up was one of 2 first rounders… I think this puts us in a great great spot for next year

  • http://heardinthecheapseats.com/ Anthony

    I am a big fan of this move, regardless of his antics last year. Unfortunately, that type of scenario happens all the time in the NFL. The offensive line now has at least 3 pro bowl level players and no one older than 29. That’s a hell of an overhaul job. I kill the Brds quite often, but they quietly have had an aggressive and productive offseason. Yes, I still would love a receiver but if it doesn’t happen it won’t crush them. I just think they lack a dominant offensive weapon. They have “nice, solid” players, but no dominant ones. Maybe Westbrook stays healthy and has one more great year in him. It’s funny, because many fans yell and scream that the Eagles are idiots and wonder what the hell they are doing. But, people should at least give some credit. There are a lot of teams that don’t do much in the offseason, yet the Eagles in recent years have paid tons of money to bring in the best RT on the market in Runyan, tons of money for Kearse, traded for TO, signed the biggest free agent to a huge contract last year with Samuel, and this year have added a fullback, signed the best RT available and swung a trade for a pro bowl LT and paid him a ton of money. We may not always agree with their decisions, but fans should at least realize that the Eagles do spend money and they are more aggressive than most teams in the NFL. Not to mention, what were most Eagles fans saying they needed to do in the offseason? They were saying the Birds needed a RB, TE, Tackles, FB, and maybe a receiver. Well, the Eagles signed two tackles, a fullback, all indications point to them drafting a RB, and they have been rumored to at least be interested in trading for a receiver. I don’t think they are as dumb as many fans like to argue. I am happy with the offseason and there is still a long way to go.

  • Mitch Puschett

    (reposting, because -at least on my computer – the ad obscures the right half of the article)

    This is a terrific class of centers; any one of five guys (Unger, Wood, Luigs, Caldwell) would be the number one center in most draft classes. They are all exceptionally smart, hard workers, and good athletes. The thing that sets Mack apart from the others is strength, base, and drive. He is able to hold his ground and drive block against NFL-Sized DTs and Nose-Tackles in a way that the others can’t.

    I appreciate your comments, and I wouldn’t give up our future draft picks easily. My logic is that both Pettigrew and Mack are the best players of their type to come out of college in this five-year window, and they both play positions that have an 8-10 year horizon. In Pettigrew’s case, if he is not the best TE, he is the most complete and best blocking TE. When a team has a realistic opportunity to get players of this caliber, I think they need to go for it.

    I’d like a top receiver, too; but with a line of Pettigrew, Andrews x 2, Mack, Herremans, and Peters, with Weavers at fullback the defense will have to play 8-9 in the box on every play. As mobile as this line would be, screens would be devastating. With this offensive line run-blocking and protecting McNabb, our present wideouts will be pro-bowlers.

  • http://www.insidetheiggles.com Scott Tunstall

    After watching the press conference and some highlights of Peters, I love the deal. As I mentioned, I think Juan will keep him motivated. I’m with you Anthony, I can’t stand people who call the Eagles cheap or stupid. They just invested $100 million in bookend tackles. They added a legit fullback, a ballhawk safety and they will address RB an TE in the draft. Again, I’m fine with the receivers because I think DeSean is going to be a damn good playmaker. If they score big this next weekend this might go down as the best offseason the franchise has ever had.

    Mitch – I can see your posts fine. Not sure why the adds are covering it on your side.