Eagles left offensive tackle Jason Peters made the Pro Bowl this year, but that wasn’t because of the way he played. He struggled and was hampered by injuries most of the year. He was even accused of taking himself out of a game because he didn’t want to play for Chip Kelly any more.
Peters denied that and so did Chip Kelly, but it has put a cloud over the All-Pro’s future with the Eagles. After the Giants game, Peters was asked if he expected the Eagles to try to replace him at left tackle or move him inside to the left guard position.
“No, no. I can still play tackle” Peters said. “I’m the best we got. Who are they going to put there? Who is better than me in this locker room? Nobody. Who can they draft better than me? Nobody. Who can they pick up better than me? Nobody.”
Some of the local reporters thought Peters’ comments were insults to the Eagles other starting tackle, Lane Johnson, so they took Peters’ comments to Johnson and asked for a reply.
“The guy’s a Hall-of-Famer so whatever he says pretty much goes,” said Johnson. “I think he’s a guy that’s still a relevant player. This guy had a lot of injuries this year, wasn’t able to be who he truly is. When he’s on his ‘A’ game there is nobody better. Whatever happens in the future — if I’m playing next to him; if he stays over there and I stay at right tackle — moving forward we’re going to do what’s best for the team.”
Johnson did the right thing by not getting into a beef with Peters. As for Peters, he shouldn’t have said what he did even if it is true.