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Jason Peters Tears Achilles Tendon


By Walt - @walterfootball
March 31, 2012


The Eagles received terrible news earlier this week when Jason Peters tore his Achilles tendon while working out. The injury occurred on Tuesday, March 27, but was announced Friday afternoon.

Peters will have surgery. He's out for the 2012 season, and his 2013 campaign could be in jeopardy, depending on the severity of the injury. Peters has been criticized of being lethargic and not living up to his potential in the past, but he was outstanding in 2011. He surrendered only three sacks in 14 games and was a force as a run-blocker. His absence will obviously be huge.

What will the Eagles do now? They can't exactly be idle, given that King Dunlap is their next-best option. Dunlap started five games in 2010 and allowed four sacks. Given its quarterback's decreasing mobility, having Dunlap as a starter would be extremely detrimental to Philadelphia's playoff chances.

Here are the options:

Sign Demetrius Bell: Bell, who happens to be Karl Malone's son, has been a solid left tackle for the Bills over the past couple of seasons. I have him as a three-star player in my free agent offensive tackle rankings.

Bell is still on the market because he has reportedly priced himself out of teams' ranges. However, the Eagles might be willing to overpay considering the circumstances. They definitely have the cap room to do so. They like to save for a rainy day, and there's a torrential downpour right now in Philadelphia.



Sign Marcus McNeill: I actually have McNeill rated one slot higher than Bell in my free agent rankings, but I think I'm in the minority in that regard. McNeill is talented, but he's missed 12 games in the past two seasons. He's had two knee surgeries and a neck injury recently.

Bringing McNeill in on a cheap, short-term, prove-it contract would be a decent idea, but the Eagles would be in the same position if (or rather, when) McNeill gets hurt.

Trade Up for Matt Kalil: Kalil is the best left tackle prospect since Joe Thomas (2007). He's probably not falling past No. 3, so the Eagles would have to give up way too much to move up for him.

Trade Up for Riley Reiff: The Eagles would have to move ahead of the Bills (No. 10 overall) to have a good chance at Iowa's Reiff, the No. 2 tackle prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft. To be sure, they should probably also leapfrog the Dolphins, who would definitely consider Reiff if they don't like (or can't land) Ryan Tannehill. The Jaguars at No. 7 will be more than willing to trade down if Justin Blackmon doesn't fall to them.

This might be a bit of a panic move. Philadelphia typically likes to move up, but if Peters will be out for only one season, why dedicate so many resources in an attempt to snag Reiff? Again, it all depends on how serious this injury is. I could see the Eagles make the move for Reiff though if Andy Reid wants to try and go "all in" again.



Draft Jonathan Martin: Martin, a Stanford product, was once considered a top-10 prospect before a mediocre 2011 campaign. I currently have him at No. 22 to Cleveland in my 2012 NFL Mock Draft.

Martin might be a slight reach at No. 15 at this point, but it would be risky for the Eagles to move back, since the Bears could grab him at No. 19 (Todd McShay has Martin going to the Bears in his mock draft.) If Reid likes him enough, he'll stand pat and select him.

What I Would Do: I'd obviously select Reiff if he somehow fell to me at No. 15 - he has short arms, so teams may pass on him - but that's not realistic. I wouldn't go for Martin either unless I loved him on film.

If I were Reid, I would attempt to sign McNeill to a short-term contract (assuming Bell is too expensive) and then use one of my three Day 2 selections on a tackle like Bobby Massie, Zebrie Sanders or Mitchell Schwartz. A draft pick is necessary in this scenario because McNeill is always hurt, and I'd like to have some competition for Dunlap in the wake of another injury. Plus, Peters may never be the same player again, so having a possible long-term solution would be a good idea.

What should the Eagles do? Voice your opinion:


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Jack 04-04-2012 06:14 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.114 (total posts: 1)
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I don't see the team panicking. They got a starting center in the 6th round last year. Granted, replacing Peters will be a tall order in any case, but it won't be any harder than the duct-tape-and-chewing-gum operation they performed throughout 2011.
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The Eagles have a huge hole to fill with the loss of Jason Peters. He was an anchor in the line and we saw how much trouble the eagles had last season replacing injured linemen mid-way thru the season. They need a solid replacement like Bell and if Jason Peters isn't going to recover than they should trade up to draft the top OT of the 2013 draft. Taking an OT on day 2 would be a good idea for this years draft too.
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Despite the Eagles losing Peters, they still need to shore up the defensive line. Their first priority is DT. If Fletcher Cox, or Michael Brockers are available at 15, then we need to select one. Eagles can always find an OT in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.
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Eagles still have 15-16 million in cap space, so I'd guess they go the free agency path. That allows them to truly go BPA in the draft with three fairly high picks.





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