On Friday, The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Jason Peters in a trade with Buffalo reported to be worth $60 million, with $24 million guaranteed. The Eagles signed him to a 6 year extension in the process that should see him remain an Eagle through 2014.
It might sound a lot but I actually think this deal is a steal. The number one priority for the Eagles after loosing Tra Thomas had to get a solid replacement to protect Donavan McNabb’s blind side. With this deal they have done this in spades. The Eagles now a young group of offensive linemen and have the best offensive line in the NFL, period! They have avoided the risks of untried and untested talent and secured the services of a 2 time Pro-Bowl veteran who is in his prime.
Check out Peters in action in the run game and in the pass game.
For the Eagles the next target has to be Tight End, Brandon Pettigrew, who is far and away the best TE in this years draft. He is a big strong target who would compliment Brent Celek. The need for a number one wide receiver is there but it’s not as pressing. The options for another trade are still there and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Eagles trade away the 21st pick, to move up the draft board or get another veteran. I wouldn’t rule anything out as Reid and Co have form for puling of surprises. All the options remain open so I feel confident in the front office and I know the Eagles are in safe hands.