It May Be Time For Eagles To Say Good Bye To… Jason Peters

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There’s a reason that one team has been the dominant team in the National Football League for the last 15 to almost 20 years. One team has stood above all the rest and that team is the New England Patriots, which are run by cold-blooded Bill Belichick.   Yes, I’m talking about cold-blooded Bill Belichick who gets rid of players that just helped him win a Super Bowl because he gets rid of a guy a year early, rather than keeping a player a year or two, too long.

 

“Peters has been one of the greatest offensive tackles in the history of the NFL and he’s probably going to be a first ballot Hall of Famer.”

 

It’s cold-blooded to think that way, but as I said — there’s one team that has dominated the NFL for the last 15 years.  By the way, they happen to be playing on Sunday in the AFC Championship game for the eight year in a row.

The Eagles have some serious decisions to make on their offensive line and that starts with left tackle, Jason Peters.  Peters has been one of the greatest offensive tackles in the history of the NFL and he’s probably going to be a first ballot Hall of Famer.  He showed us all at the end of the season that he’s still capable of playing well, when he’s healthy.  Unfortunately, he also showed us that he can’t stay healthy any more. Peters injured his quad (thigh) early in the season and it forced him to take himself out of numerous games.  It got to the point where during the games that he played, I was wondering, “When is Peters going to go down today?”   He also suffered a torn bicep and the big guy was bothered by a back injury throughout the season.

In my opinion, it’s time for the Eagles to say “good-bye” to Jason Peters.  Peters is such an impactful leader on the team that keeping him around would leave the door open for his teammates to be looking to him for production that he can no longer provide. It’s never easy to part with guys who were great players, but it may just be time for Peters.

 

“Backup left tackle Halapoulavaati Vaitai  has showed us that he can play the left tackle tackle position and do a pretty good job, if he knows that he’s the starter and he’s getting all of the practice reps.”

 

Another reason to say good-bye to Peters is the salary cap.  In the near future, the Eagles will need additional funds to start paying Carson Wentz at least $25 million a year, which is the going rate for a franchise quarterback.  They can’t afford to spend $10 million dollars on a player who may not play from week to week.  They’ll need to start making cuts in other areas and now is a good time to start.  If they release Peters they will save $8 million dollars against the cap for his $10 million dollar a year salary.

Backup left tackle Halapoulavaati Vaitai  has showed us that he can play the left tackle tackle position and do a pretty good job, if he knows that he’s the starter and he’s getting all of the practice reps.   If he’s not getting the practice reps, when you put them in game it takes him a while to start playing quality football.   Vaitai needs to be more consistent with proper pass blocking techniques.  He has to guard against losing his focus at times and he’s got get more disciplined from play-to-play.  Vaitai needs to realize the urgency that now is his time to do the job.

It’s not only time for Big V to step up, but the time is coming for the Australian prodigy, Jordan Mailota.  The former rugby player is an amazing athlete and tremendous prospect.  His upside is frightening, but I don’t know if he’s going to be ready in the next year.

Mailota has got amazing potential.   I think he’s be ready to play in 2020 if he works at it.   He is an athletic freak.  You’re talking about a man who is 6’8″, who weighs 345 pounds with amazing arm length and athletic ability. The Eagles offensive line coach, Jeff Stoutland, is very high on Jordan and he has been stunned by the development he’s shown in his first training camp and preseason games.  He has the athleticism of Peters, only he’s much bigger, stronger and his arms are much longer.

Arm length is very important in offensive linemen because long arms allow you to get your hands on your opponent before he can get his hands on you.   It’s a huge advantage and Mailota has this. He has the potential to be the dominant left tackle in the NFL, they’ve got to develop him this off season. Right now, the left tackle job would be Big V’s, if they release Peters.

The Birds will be hoping to get back Pro Bowl right guard Brandon Brooks who tore his Achilles tendon in the playoff game loss to the New Orleans Saints, as soon as possible.  Some say he’s going to be back eight months, others say nine months, and other say ten months.  Who knows?  Whatever the time it’s going to take him to get back on the field, chances are it’s going to take him much longer to return to the level of outstanding play that we were getting from him prior to the injury.

You are probably going to see veteran Stefen Wisniewski step in there at the starting right guard position until Brandon returns.  Wiz is dependable and smart, but he isn’t the road grader that Brooks is.  Brandon is one of the two or three best run blocking guards in the game today.  If you noticed, the Eagles’ ability to run up the middle disappeared against the Saints once Brooks left the game.  He’s about as thick as an Oak tree trunk.  Brandon can get movement at the point of attack.   Hopefully he gets back sooner than later.

 

“Arm length is very important in offensive linemen because long arms allow you to get your hands on your opponent before he can get his hands on you.”

 

You’ll have Isaac Seumalo at the left guard position.   He played well this season especially as a run blocker, but he still needs to improve his pass blocking.  Seumalo needs to learn to not be overly aggressive as a pass blocker. He’s got to be patient.

Of course, you’ve got Jason Kelce at the center position. He’s a great player and key leader on the football team.  Kelce was voted to the first team All-Pro team this year.  It clearly means a lot of people in and around the National Football League consider him to be the best center.

He’s the leader of that offensive line.  He’s very smart and athletic.  Kelce is the best center in the league when it comes to  getting downfield in front of screens and draws.  He plays with passion, smarts and all his heart, which I think is a motivating factor for the rest of the guys on that line.   The Eagles aren’t the same football team without Jason Kelce and he will be back next year but going forward he might not play as long as a lot of people would hope.  Kelce let it be known that after each season he puts everything on the table including retirement.  There was a report claiming that he was going to retire this year, but made it clear he is playing in 2019.

Lane Johnson will be the right tackle and he’s as good as any in the NFL.  The former Oklahoma Sooner was upset late in the season when he found that he didn’t get voted to the Pro Bowl this year.   He took his anger out on the guys he was blocking late in the season.   He did a great job of dominating outstanding pass rushers like JJ Watt and Khalil Mack down the stretch of the season and the playoffs.   Johnson did such a great job on Watt and Mack, that it was hard to tell whether they were out there playing in the game or not.  The big fella is in his prime and he’s one of the best offensive tackles in the game.

While the Birds will have to make some big decisions on some really good players, it does seem that they have the guys who are ready to step up to the job.  The Eagles need to think ahead and figure out which guys they want to invest in for the coming season and who they think is ready for the big stage.

19 thoughts on “It May Be Time For Eagles To Say Good Bye To… Jason Peters

  1. It is time for the Eagles to get Younger, Healthier and more Athletic across the Line of Scrimmage on both their OL & DL as well as the obvious Skills Positions (WR,RB & Secondary)
    This is not a time to become sentimental with warriors of the past, you cannot stand still in the NFL Roster wise and you always have to look to improve the Roster

    I would say Goodbye and Thank You to the Following Players

    Offense – QB Nick Foles, OT Jason Peters, RB Darren Sproles, RB Jay Ajayi,OL Chance Warmack, TERichard Rogers, WR Mike Wallace

    Defense – DT H Ngata, DE C Long, LB J Hicks, LB P Worrilow, DB R Darby, Safety Corey Graham, Safet Ron McLeod

    I would attempt to Sign DE Brandon Graham & WR Golden Tate to Team Friendly Deals if they are open to it, if not, I say goodbye to them as well

    The only thing you can really count on in the NFL kind of mirrors life itself, and that’s change and the sooner people adapt to change the better

    Obviously, this is a Big Draft coming up for the Eagles in 2019
    This Draft is very Deep across the Defensive side of the Ball where the Eagles need to add Talent,Health and Youth and especially at Defensive Line Positions so I would not be surprised to see the Eagles add a DE,DT, LB & Safety in this Draft as well as OL, WR & RB

  2. Wrong call, wrong time. Trying to live up to a standard created by a team that cheats everyday of the week and twice on Sundays with a lot of players that couldn’t start anywhere else isn’t going to help anyone.

    Vaitai, right now, looks like Winston Justice 2.0…No thankyou.

    Unless the Eagles can grab a stud OT in the draft or a costly All Pro OT to replace Peters it doesn’t make sense for next year. Maybe if they finally decided to slide Lane Johnson over it might make sense, but the reality is that Peters will most likely be more durable in year two after surgery, so the Eagles have a year or maybe two to find another stud OT.

  3. Paulman back with his “get rid of everybody so we can build the ‘Dream Team’ again” routine.

    It’s not time to blow the team up.

    QB Nick Foles -keep/go
    OT Jason Peters -keep/retire
    RB Darren Sproles -keep/retire
    RB Jay Ajayi -keep
    OL Chance Warmack -go
    TE Richard Rogers -go
    WR Mike Wallace – go

    DT Haloti Ngata -go/retire
    DE C Long keep/retire
    LB J Hicks -go
    DB R Darby -keep
    Safety Corey Graham -go
    Safety Ron McLeod -keep
    DE Brandon Graham -keep
    WR Golden Tate -?

    1. Brothers, Paulman is spot on. We need to get much younger (and cheaper)! We must have more playmakers along the defensive line and how about a playmaking linebacker! People forget how great it is to have a LB who can make big plays. We need youth and SPEED on both sides of the ball.

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  4. Hey GMCliff, Good to see that You’re feeling and doing well..
    Here’s my Initial 2019 Mock Draft for the Eagles as it will be a work in Progress as time moves along,
    but for today, here it is…

    1st Rd — DE Zach Allen – Boston College (6-4 285lbs) High Motor and a Nice Complement DE Derrick Barnett
    2nd Rd — DT Isiah Buggs – Alabama (6-2 300lbs) High Motor, Quick Inside Feet and Hands and a Solid Rotational Player
    2nd Rd — Safety Juan Thornhill – Virginia (6-1 212 lbs) Has Size,Speed and Ball Skills to help Pass Defense
    4th Rd — ILB Tre Watson – Maryland (6-2 236lbs) Natural instincts, Very Good Pass Defense Skills & Tackler
    4th Rd — CB Jordan Brown – South Dakota State (6-1 195lbs) Good Coverage and Ball Skills
    5th Rd — OL Alex Barns – Notre Dame (6-6 312lbs) Good Technique, Strong and Well-Coached , Future RT or G
    5th/6th Rd — WR Tyrie Cleveland – Florida (6-2 205lbs) Size,Speed and still Raw, Has Upside
    6th/7th Rd — RB James Williams – Washington State (6-0 205lbs) 4.5 Speed,Shifty, Great Hands out of the Backfield and Special Teams

    This Draft is Very Deep across the D/Line where I think the Eagles Need Youth & Depth at Both DE & DT Positions.. In Fact this Draft is much better on the Defensive Side of the Ball and pretty thin at OT, WR & RB so I’m focusing the early Eagles Picks from the Strength of the Draft with the hopeds that they will get Younger, and more Athletic on every level of their Defense .. I like both LB Tre Watson and Safety Juan Thornhill which could really sure up the middle of the Eagles Defense for years to come..

  5. my eagles plan would would be package foles and aggy for jalen ramsey

    im then cutting or trading the following players
    jason peters
    bradham
    mcleod
    jernigan post june 1st saves 11million

    my secondary then is
    cb- ramsey-jones
    slot crea’von
    safety jenkins, maddox and douglas as the 3rd safety

    i then sign
    cj mosely
    kareem hunt
    and vinny curry if cut

    im then trading out of the 1st rd and as getting as many picks as possible
    and if the reports are true today im looking into a alshon for brown swap

    1. That’s Crazy Gloomy

      So your Trading/Cutting your Best LB (Bradham) and WR’s (Jeffrey and Agholor) ?
      Whose Catching the Ball form Wentz outside of EErtz ?

      I’m not sold on CB Jalen Ramsey who is a head case and to be honest, way overrated, in my opinion
      Eagles CB Sydney Jones has a lot to prove also as he’s afraid of contact and doesn’t battle hard enough
      for me on those 50/50 Balls and he was supposed to be a Great Cover CB which I haven’t seen yet

      I love CJ Mosley and Kareem Hunt but the Eagles would go anywhere near RB Hunt for obvious reasons

      I don’t mind the trading back from #25 to get Two 2nd Round Picks and a 4th from the Texans

      1. Eagles need to get younger,bigger and more athletic bradham is a avg lb at best eagles need to upgrade

        And I said flip alshon for Antonio brown

        And even if sidney doesn’t pan out you still have mills who can play on the outside

  6. Andre Dillard would be a nice replacement at OT for Jason Peters, and Tytus Howard as depth at OT

    i also love Germaine Pratt, (NC State)at ILB, and Khalil Hodge(Buffalo) at OLB

    I like the idea of Dexter Lawrence playing next to Fletcher Cox, as well as Joe Juan Williams, (Vanderbilt), and Rock Ya-Sin(Temple) CB’s, and Jonathan Abrams, (FS), and Jordan Fuller(Ohio State) SS as depth in the secondary

    Two QB’s I like in the draft to develop as 3rd string, and Practice Squad are:
    Clayton Thornson (Northwestern), and Jacob Dolegala (Central Connecticut State)

    2 WR Prospects?…..Jonvier Johnson (Toledo), Keelan Doss (UC Davis)

    How about some OL Depth? BJ Autry (Jacksonville State) 6-5 340, and Oli Udoh (Elon) 6-4 335

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