Pederson Wants Peters Back
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - On the same week veteran left tackle Jason Peters made his ninth Pro Bowl, his future with the Philadelphia Eagles was a hot topic.
And coach Doug Pederson work his desire on his sleeve but the man in charge of the Eagles’ roster has a much more difficult decision to make due to Peters’ advancing age and his salary-cap number for 2017.
In a vacuum, there is no question that Peters has earned another year with his performance, one which ProFootballFocus.com says is graded as the ninth best in the NFL at his position and the sixth best by a left tackle.
"I love him. I want him on the team," Pederson admitted Wednesday. "I don't want him to go anywhere. I want him to be an Eagle for the rest of his career. We [need to] get through these next two games. We'll have to address all that in the offseason."
Peters, meanwhile, also wants to be back despite the fact that he will turn 35 next month, largely because of the excitement surrounding the potential of Carson Wentz
“[Wentz has] a lot of upside and I would definitely come back to try to protect his blindside again,” the veteran admitted.
The problems come in when you start thinking about what Peters in his mid-30s will cost the Eagles next season if nothing is done with his current deal.
His 2017 cap number is slated to be $11.2 million, the highest of any Philadelphia player and if Roseman decides to release him, the Eagles would save $9.2M, valuable wiggle room to potentially build around Wentz with better skill-position talent.
Meanwhile, the Eagles’ long-term plan remains flipping Lane Johnson to the left side when Peters is done and the performance of rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai on the right side when Johnson was suspended could speed up that process.
Even Johnson admits, however, that no one in the Eagles’ locker room could play left tackle as well as Peters, a potential future Hall of Famer.
"I think he's very capable of another couple of seasons," Pederson said of Peters. "He's really done a great job.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen