Philadelphia Eagles: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Jason Peters, Philadelphia Eagles
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Jason Peters. 5. player. 54. . LT. (2009-present)

Of any player still active on the Eagles, left tackle Jason Peters stands the best chance of making it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Other guys might eventually get there, but the last few years have essentially cemented Peters as a no-doubt hall of famer in terms of dominance along the offensive line. To think that he went undrafted out of Arkansas in 2004 is truly astonishing.

No, Peters did not begin his illustrious NFL career as a member of the Eagles. While he played tight end to some degree in college, the Buffalo Bills saw great potential in him as a left tackle. After playing sparingly as a rookie in 2004, Peters became a starter in Orchard Park by year two in 2005. It would be in his fourth year that Peters would start to become a perennial Pro Bowler at left tackle.

However, Peters was not long for Buffalo. He would be unhappy with his contract and would be traded to the Eagles before the start of the 2009 NFL season. It ended up being a good deal for both teams, as the pick the Bills got in exchange for Peters would be used on starting center Eric Wood. With Philadelphia, has made seven Pro Bowls to date, made two All-Pro first teams and was part of the Super Bowl LII championship team. However, he would suffer a season-ending injury mid-year with the 2017 Eagles.

Peters only has a few more years left in the tank. He will be 36 years old in 2018 and coming off a serious injury. Regardless, it shouldn’t take very long for Peters to earn his rightful place in Canton. Though rarely seen as the very best left tackle in football (keep in mind his career overlapped with Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns), it is impossible to overlook Peters’ body of work. Perhaps a 10th career Pro Bowl nod will ensure him of being a first-ballot hall of famer when he does decide to hang up the spikes.