Stories are beginning to circulate about a possible trade for Eagles left tackle Jason Peters.
Seeing as how it was the 1st of the month when the story broke, we had to make sure it wasn’t an April Fool’s Day joke. Truthfully, we actually did hear a few jokes stating the same thing, but then we saw another publication ask the same question. It was at that point that we realized there was some seriousness about this, and we figured it was worth addressing. Phillyvoice.com recently published an article stating there may be some interest from the Denver Broncos in Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters.
Why the rumor makes sense:
We know the Broncos desperately need a left tackle. We know the Eagles, when they eventually move on from Peters, intend to move Lane Johnson from right tackle to left tackle. History has shown us the Eagles would rather make a move a year early than make a move late. Peters represents an extremely high figure on the Eagles’ salary cap, and moving him would free up quite a bit of money. There’s only one glaring issue with the proposed plan.
We haven’t heard any of this yet from the Eagles or Broncos. As a matter of fact, the Eagles have always stated they want Peters in an Eagles jersey in 2017.
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Is there any truth to it?
Local Denver sports radio shows have apparently made several on-air mentions of Peters and the Broncos ‘ interest in him. From what we gather, there’s been some talk that the majority of us have yet to hear, but let’s just say there’s some truth to it. The most interesting question when ideas like this one comes up is always the one that asks what would the Eagles get in return.
Peters is still one of the league’s best.
Peters, who is past his prime, is still one of the best in the NFL when healthy, but questions about his durability come up all of the time. Last year there were no issues, but on January 22nd, he turned 35. His health will, again, be constantly under the microscope. Every time he places his hands on his hips or limps back to the huddle, he’ll be analyzed.
Why it probably won’t happen:
That being said, it’s difficult to determine if the Broncos would give up a second-round or third-round pick for Peters’ services. A first-round selection is definitely out of the question. That being said, would trading Peters be worth it? Anything lower than a third-round selection is an insult right?
Having both Peters and Johnson in the fold gives Philadelphia two of the best ends in the game. That gives the offense confidence, and that gives quarterback Carson Wentz confidence. Replacing Peters with Johnson and giving Johnson the responsibility of protecting Wentz’s blind side isn’t a bad option. Unfortunately, it would also create a lack of depth along the offensive line, something the Eagles are trying to avoid.
Couple that with the fact that the Eagles will probably get the “short end of the stick” with any trade proposal, and we can make long stories short. It just isn’t worth it.