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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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C 03-31-2012 10:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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Doesn't matter. Eagles QB #7 is the most injury prone QB in NFL history. He came into the league in 2001 and has played all 16 games once. ONCE! He'll be 32 when the season starts and he's already crying to the media about getting hit too much.
TheMarcoIslander 03-31-2012 10:29 pm (total posts: 1)
40     22

It really doesn't matter what they do because Andy Almighty will find a way to blow this season too! Then we can take him to the Delaware on a flat bed and give him a Viking Funeral.
JohnnyD 03-31-2012 08:56 pm (total posts: 1)
18     19

Which option is drafting Tanneyhill?
Cowboys Fan 03-31-2012 04:52 pm (total posts: 1)
140     112

As a cowboys fan, I voted do nothing.
Asdf 03-31-2012 02:16 pm (total posts: 1)
17     19

I want Kalil...
Brookes 03-31-2012 12:08 pm (total posts: 1)
16     18

I wanted to tear my clothes and throw ashes on my head when I heard this yesterday. WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, I figured my Iggles would move Herremans to LT. Can't trust Vicks' fragility to a noob or a newcomer with the crazy things Big Red draws up. I say get the best G or T option available and then shuffle as needed. Mudd can coach 'em up.
Consider this 03-31-2012 11:12 am (total posts: 1)
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It's always dangerous to draft strictly for need in the first round, but you've got to be wary of how the draft is playing out.

Regardless of who the Browns take at #4, if they pass on a Tackle at #22, look for them to snap up Massie in the second round, as he fits their offense just fine, and would make a great right tackle to bookend Joe Thomas.

If the Colts, Rams, or any other Tackle-needy don't land one in the first, look for them to potentially take one early in the second.

Philly may need to trade up, even if it is to the top pick of round #2.
Rob 03-31-2012 11:08 am (total posts: 1)
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Just a thought, but what about this..

Eagles grab DeCastro at 15 (might need to move up), then move Danny Watkins over to RT and Herremans over to LT? DeCastro is a Shawn Andrews prospect, even better.
Max 03-31-2012 10:08 am (total posts: 1)
23     20

Great poll. Really interesting question with several defensible positions
Grant W 03-31-2012 01:35 am (total posts: 2)
20     17

Quick side question: If Demetrius Bell is a B@stard of Philadelphia, does that mean the Moses Malone is the lord of Philadelphia?
Grant W 03-31-2012 01:29 am (total posts: 2)
18     15

Honestly I want them to sign Demetrius Bell just for all of the "B@stard of Philadelphia" comments Walt will undoubtedly post.
Shaun D 03-31-2012 12:23 am (total posts: 1)
12     13

Jacksonville is either trading up for Blackmon or down for Floyd.
ParLey 03-30-2012 11:32 pm (total posts: 1)
8     9

Will Reiff and Reid be together?

Watch Eagles do:

Wait until draft day. If the Browns pass on Tannehill, try to trade with the Panthers and pick Reiff at pick nine.

If Browns take Tannehill, trade with Jags.

Jon 03-30-2012 11:22 pm (total posts: 1)
13     148

Good thing vick is lefty and rt is more important that lt in Philly O. What you think about Philly moving up just above seattle to grab Melvin Ingram. Philly got a lot of d ends but Ingram could play WILL and d end just a thought.
Dawson Curry 03-30-2012 10:23 pm (total posts: 1)
21     26

If I were them, I would sign someone like Mcneil and then draft someone in the 2nd round

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