The Philadelphia Eagles acquired OLT Jason Peters from the Buffalo Bills for the 28th overall pick in next week's draft, FOXSports.com's
Jay Glazer reports. Buffalo will also receive a second-day pick in this
year's draft (other reports have it being a fourth-rounder), as well as a late-round pick in the 2010 draft. In a chat with Viking Update earlier this week, Scout.com hinted that Philadelphia had their sights set on acquiring Peters, not really as much on WR Anquan Boldin.
League sources said Peters was at Eagles headquarters at the Nova Care Center in
Philadelphia on Friday and passed the team physical. The team may wait to officially confirm the
trade until a new contract is completed and as of early Friday evening, the paperwork was not sent in by both teams, and the deal didn't appear on the NFL's personnel notice which details all transactions for the day. However, two sources told Scout.com
that the trade was not only was agreed on Friday morning, but Philadelphia has
had their eye on Peters since their season ended in Arizona on January 18. Had
they not been able to acquire Peters, the likely plan was to move RG Shawn Andrews
to left tackle, a league source said.
While Peters was voted to the Pro Bowl last season, several personnel evaluators
said he didn't play at a high level. Peters, who wanted a new contract, held out
of training camp and missed all of the preseason--and it showed.
"If he's motivated, the Eagles got a steal," ESPN NFL analyst Ron
Jaworski said Friday afternoon when contacted for his reaction on the deal.
"The guy is really talented, but he didn't play at the same level last season
that he did previously."
Peters has two years left on his current contract which was extended back in
2006 with base salaries of $3.8 million (2009) and $3.4 million (2010).
According to a league source, Buffalo will actually save about $2.9 million
against the salary cap this season, but will take on about $2.1 million in dead
Peters' agent, Eugene Parker, was expected to begin working on a new deal with team
officials Friday afternoon. Another league source said the Eagles had about $37 million in salary cap space as of earlier this week. Peters was rumored to be seeking a deal that averages around $10 million per season. However, Miami Dolphins LT Jake Long's contract averages a cap number of $11.55 million over the next five seasons. Seattle Seahawks LT Walter Jones, who turned 35 earlier this year and is coming off of microfracture knee surgery, carries a cap number of $9.8 million for this season. It's probably reasonable to believe that Peters, who turned just 27 years old this past January, could yield a deal that averages a minimum of at least $10 million per season with a maximum of $12 million per season. Carolina Panthers LT Jordan Gross, who sources said Philadelphia had strong interest in had he become an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with Carolina shortly before the start of free agency on a five-year deal that averages $9.4 million per season, according to a league source.
Buffalo now owns two first-round selections (No. 11, No. 28). Philadelphia still
owns their own first-round selection (No. 21). No. 28 was acquired from the
Carolina Panthers last year.
Peters was originally signed by Buffalo as an undrafted free agent in 2004.