Tag:Jason Peters
Posted on: April 17, 2009 2:45 pm

Eagles line is brutish

Don't mess with the Philadelphia Eagles offensive line.

It is nasty.

By trading for left tackle Jason Peters Friday -- the deal is pending a new contract and Peters passing a physical -- the Eagles might now be able to stake a claim as having the best line in the NFL, complete with brawlers and maulers.

With Peters in at left tackle, the Eagles can keep Todd Herremans at left guard. The right side will be made up of the Andrews brothers, Shawn at guard and Stacy at tackle, and the center is Jamaal Jackson. From tackle-to-tackle, the line will average 331 pounds. That will wear down a defense for four quarters.

Peters didn't play that well last season for the Buffalo Bills after missing training camp in a contract holdout. But he's always been one of the tackles I've liked watch play. He is nasty. When he came out of Arkansas as a tight end, I listed him as one of my annual "Better-than" players that year, players who I liked more than the scouts.

In that column I mentioned that I thought Peters could be a really good tackle. You can look it up.

I like this move by the Eagles, just like I liked the move to sign Stacy Andrews as a free agent from the Bengals. The Eagles line is now big, powerful and physical.

It is also young.

When the season starts, Jackson will be the oldest at 29. Stacy Andrews will be 28, Peters 27, Shawn Andrews and Heremans each 26.

I'll take that group right now over any other in the league for age, nastiness and talent.

Getting Peters is a great move for the Eagles. The price of a three picks. including the No. 28 pick in the first round of next week's draft, and a new contract is steep. But if Peters plays like he did a few years ago, this will be well worth it.


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Posted on: September 5, 2008 8:17 pm

Peters comes home

Shock of shocks: Jason Peters made plays to end his holdout Friday.

OK. So it's not a shock. Not for me anyway.

For all the rhetoric thrown around about how Peters, the Buffalo Bills' start left tackle, was considering sitting out the season because he's unhappy with his contract, it was never going to happen. I told you so.


Players don't leave money due them sitting there.

If Peters hadn't filed his re-instatement papers -- he was on the reserve-did-not-report list, -- he would have lost a game check of $191,000. As angry as he is, he's not stupid enough to miss out on that money.

Try and earn that somewhere else for a week's work.

Peters probably won't play Sunday against the Seahawks, considering he still had to pass a physical, but he will still be paid.

That's all that matters to these guys anyway.

It's uncertain whether the Bills have promised him some discussion about a new contract, but with three years left on the deal he signed in 2006, it will be interesting to see if anything can get done.

Peters is one of the league's best tackles when he's on the field, so getting him back is big for a young Buffalo offense.

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Posted on: August 27, 2008 2:57 pm

Peters will be next

The last rookie to sign ended his standoff Wednesday when Jacksonville Jaguars' first-round pick Derrick Harvey agreed to a five-year deal that could pay him $30 million.

That leaves Buffalo Bills tackle Jason Peters as the only player not with his team, making him the last holdout.

The Bills are holding their ground on Peters, who wants a new contract. And they should.

Like Harvey, Peters will show up. Nobody sits out seasons any more in the NFL. There's too much money to be made and only so many earning years in a body.

Harvey wasn't going to sit out a season, and neither will Peters. The Jaguars knew it, and pretty much held their ground. The Bills know it, too. Peters is scheduled to make $3.25 million this season, which is $191,175 per game, on a deal he signed in 2006.

Want to bet he's there on opening day?

I love when agents and players act as if they will sit out. We all know better. The teams know better.

Rams running back Steven Jackson talked about sitting out, but came in and got a new deal. Same for Bears return man Devin Hester.

As for Harvey, the deal he received was only slightly different than what the Jaguars offered earlier this summer, which begs this question: Why did he miss the preseason?

The Jaguars traded up 19 spots to get Harvey with the No. 8 overall pick, but were unable to reach agreement with him before Wednesday, which made Harvey the longest holdout in team history at 33 days.

The Jaguars were not willing to give Harvey's agent a deal closer to the one Sedrick Ellis got from New Orleans in the seventh spot, which included $19.5 million in guaranteed money. The Jaguars weren't going to give Harvey any more guaranteed money than the $18 million they gave David Garrard on his contract extension. Since Harvey ended up taking $17.2 million in guarantees, the team held true to that.

There were some changes in the structuring of the contract, such as playtime incentives, according to a source, but in the end it appears the Jaguars won.

Harvey is the loser.

Ken Kremer, Harvey's agent, spoke publicly several times about the negotiations in the media, which is not common for his agency, CAA. At one point, Kremer even told The Florida Times-Union that he called Jaguars negotiator Paul Vance, but Vance wasn't available because he was seeing the movie "Mamma Mia" with his wife.

"That became a joke around the league," said one NFC front office executive.

There was also thought to be some bad blood between CAA and the Jaguars for the way they handled the Bryon Leftwich situation last year. The Jaguars cut Leftwich, a CAA client, just nine days before the regular season, even though he was the team's starting quarterback. Tom Condon, a CAA agent, represented Leftwich.

Middle linebacker Mike Peterson, another CAA client, is entering the final year of his contract and wants an extension, but the Jaguars are unwilling to give him anything more than a small extension.

"The agent did the kid wrong in this one," another agent said.

The Jaguars had hoped Harvey could push for time as the starting right end, a position manned by veteran Paul Spicer, but that's unlikely with the missed time. He could be used as a situational rusher early in the season.

So what as the point of staying away? An extra million or so can be made up on the next deal. Here's the rub: No agent wants to go on the recruiting trail next year and have his deal held up as a bad one by other agents.

What's worse, a so-so deal or a 33-day holdout? Want to bet the other agents use the latter against Kremer next spring? Then again, CAA is such a force it probably doesn't matter.

Missing regular season games is even worse. That's why Eugene Parker, Peters' agent, will get his client to camp. He's too smart for him to sit out. Isn't he?

The bottom line, as I always say, is they all eventually come in. The money's too good. Harvey's in now and Peters will be right behind. You wait and see.





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