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Eagles will “continue to scan” free-agent market for tackles

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Friday’s news regarding Eagles left tackle Jason Peters reveals how quickly and dramatically a team’s fortunes can change, even before the start of offseason workouts.

Peters has a ruptured Achilles’ tendon, and coach Andy Reid addressed the situation via a statement released to the media.

“As we announced earlier, Jason Peters has sustained a ruptured Achilles’ tendon,” Reid said.  “He had been working out in his hometown in Texas when this occurred.  He alerted [head athletic trainer] Rick [Burkholder] and they quickly put together a plan of attack for his evaluation, surgery and subsequent rehabilitation.

“We all know how much Jason loves to play the game and how much he was looking forward to the start of the 2012 season.  Jason is one of the best, if not the best, offensive tackles in the NFL. We don’t know when he will return to the field and we will not speculate on a timeline.  We are just going to let the surgical process and the rehabilitation process play itself out.”

Surgery is set for Tuesday, April 3.  If Peters cannot pass a physical before the final roster cuts in September, he’ll be relegated to the “Physically Unable to Perform” list for at least six weeks of the regular season.  If unable to pass a physical by Week Nine, he’ll be done for the season.

“[G.M.] Howie [Roseman] and I will sort out the roster situation for the offensive line,” Reid said.  “We are glad to have King [Dunlap] back as a part of our offensive line and we will continue to scan the free-agent market, also knowing the draft is less than a month away.”

Left tackles rarely are lingering on the free-agent market, but the Eagles could show interest in former Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill, who was cut after suffering a neck injury during the 2011 season.

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49 Responses to “Eagles will “continue to scan” free-agent market for tackles”
  1. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 30, 2012 3:19 PM

    Andy will scan the horizon, while thoughtfully stroking his moustache and spitting in the dirt from time to time.

  2. eaglestateofmind415 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:20 PM

    Noooo! The Shady Shield!

  3. realnflmaster says: Mar 30, 2012 3:20 PM

    Superbowl favorites since 1960. LOL!

  4. chademer07 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:25 PM

    If McNeill will settle for a 1-year prove it deal he may play himself into a decent contract next season, which would probably benefit both sides well.

  5. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:25 PM

    First off, get Marcus McNeil in here. Stat.

  6. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:27 PM

    2nd, instead of trying to move asante for a third, try to package asante and a 5th for a decent tackle. We need a reliable 3rd tackle anyway.Even when peters is “healthy,” he misses games here and King Dunlap gets waxed.

  7. blacknole08 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:28 PM

    Either McNeill or Demetrius Bell would be an adequate replacement for Peters. Eagles have lots of different options.

  8. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:31 PM

    Notable absence of “We’ll be fine there” in Reid’s statement. Because this guy may be the guy the eagles can LEAST afford to lose after Shady and Vick. Arguments can be made that with all the FA rb’s still out there, and unemployed McNabb still yapping his trap instead of being on a roster, we could even have an easier time replacing shady and vick for a year than Peters.

  9. jenniferxxx says: Mar 30, 2012 3:34 PM

    There must be some chump out there that they can fleece. What does Arizona have at tackle?

  10. inthearex says: Mar 30, 2012 3:37 PM

    For real… How mad e-girls fans? Hahaha

  11. mrslay1 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:38 PM

    Why get any linemen, vick tdk thinks he’s so good I wouldn’t think he needs them.

  12. trollhammer20 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:38 PM

    The Seattle Seahawks would like to remind you that Jonathan Edwards, T (Stanford) will probably still be available at the #12 overall slot. Call us if you’d be interested in trading up.

  13. tombradyswig says: Mar 30, 2012 3:39 PM

    Demetrious Bell is available too.

    Bring ’em both in Howie!

  14. jakek2 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:40 PM

    I’m sure there is another 30 year old rookie OL waiting to be drafted by the Eegs again.

  15. wtfru2 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:40 PM

    Heck, put Andy in there. It would take the better part of a day to run around him…

  16. jimw81 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:45 PM

    I guess they aren’t going to pick an LB with the first pick this year.

  17. jakek2 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:48 PM

    By the end of the day, they will have signed Kareem McKenzie. Watch.

  18. phillychzstk2012 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:48 PM

    McNeill, McNeill, McNeill!!!!!!!!!!! we’re essentially screwed at LT otherwise so give McNeill a nice 1 year deal

  19. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:49 PM

    lol jennifer, oh we’ll fleece someone, somehow. The problem is the talent wont be the same and the guy we are replacing. He is a total mauler.

  20. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 30, 2012 3:52 PM

    I think it’s time they changed the name of that long tendon in the back of the leg, so it isn’t such a chronic weak spot.

  21. daysend564 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:53 PM

    What’s the worst that could happen with a guy that gets handled on every play, coming off a neck injury.

    Better sign yourselves another backup too!

  22. rexryanschoolofpodiatry says: Mar 30, 2012 3:55 PM

    Guaranteed Andy Reid drafts a OT in the 1st round. You can sign McNeil or Bell but there is a reason why both are still available after 3 weeks of free agency.

    Sorry, I’m just looking for reasons for Mark Barron to fall to my Lions.

  23. phillyphever says: Mar 30, 2012 3:56 PM

    I wonder what Tra and Runyan are doing these days?

  24. glen1904 says: Mar 30, 2012 4:00 PM

    mcneil’s neck has had a problem for years and he played through it until last year, he is a beast when healthy enough to play. one of the best in the league.

  25. myeaglescantwin says: Mar 30, 2012 4:04 PM

    this is a huge deal..

    1st, the humor..
    “i think andy reid tripped Peters just so he could us his 1st round pick on an OL.”

    2nd, evaluation;
    Peters is a huge loss. We cannot take some random FA off the heap and plug him in. Thankfully Vick is a lefty and his blind side is covered still.

    We do not ‘need’ the top level LT for a players blind side. we need a serviceable T that can be a utility man when(if) Peters returns.


  26. markcycy says: Mar 30, 2012 4:05 PM

    although he will be missed the good thing for the eagles is that the LT is not the blind side for vick

  27. bchapman2011 says: Mar 30, 2012 4:09 PM

    Trade for Jake Long…..Us Miami fans need all of the draft picks that we can get.

  28. 4thquartermagic says: Mar 30, 2012 4:14 PM

    Huge loss for the eagles

    2 years ago Ryan Clady injured his knee in the offseason and even tho he went to the pro bowl last year, he still not the same player he was 2 years ago.

    Not the same injury i kno but LTs rely on their quickness to compete with the Demarcus Wares of the world.

  29. catquick says: Mar 30, 2012 4:15 PM

    First, Peters is done for the year. You don’t come back from an achilles in less than a year. Second, whats the fastination with ex-Bills tackles in Pennsylvania? Jonathan Scott, Jason Peters, and now Bell. I’m a Bills fan, and wanted to keep Bell, and I’m sure the current regime would have, but Scott wasn’t very good for Bflo or the Steelers(see Ben’s sack count). I like Bell, but he gets hurt way to easy and often. You cannot count on him for the long haul.Third, Edwards will go at no. 10 to the Bills. the fact the Bills didn’t even try to resign him with the money they’ve been tossing around should tell you something about him. The Bills coachs build LT’s out of whole cloth. Bell was a basketball player and Peters was an undrafted TE. I hope Bell does OK, but I wouldn’t count on him for anything other than a backup.

  30. bobbyhoying says: Mar 30, 2012 4:18 PM

    Look what Howard Mudd did with Kelce. Peters was an undrafted tight end, if memory serves me correctly. They’ll figure something out.

  31. lanzurrah says: Mar 30, 2012 4:20 PM

    McNeill has chronic neck and spine issues. They’re bad enough that retirement was a consideration..otherwise, he’d still be a Charger or on another team.

  32. jeffhink says: Mar 30, 2012 4:30 PM

    phillyphever says:
    Mar 30, 2012 3:56 PM
    I wonder what Tra and Runyan are doing these days?
    IDK what Tra is up to, but Runyan is my Congressman. He can feel free to resign and come back to football.

  33. billybatty says: Mar 30, 2012 4:30 PM

    Rams just put Jason Smith on Ebay, you could maybe get him for a bag of footballs and 4 xl cheesesteaks.

  34. 2ndaryinsanity says: Mar 30, 2012 4:32 PM

    All they need to do is call up the Texans, who would probably fall for another one-sided trade.

  35. sb50 says: Mar 30, 2012 4:35 PM

    i think there gonna have to find someone is FA because i honestly think that they have a very strong plan in the draft and they dont want to mess that up drafting a tackle in round 1. maybe someone like mcneilus or even demetrius bell could come in but man losing jason is a HUGE loss

  36. ragingmouse says: Mar 30, 2012 4:36 PM

    The year is done and over for the eagles…

    Sooo sad!!!

  37. hawkforlife says: Mar 30, 2012 4:44 PM

    I’m sure McNabb weighs enough now to play tackle and he could come home a hero.. Oh wait….

  38. broadstbully says: Mar 30, 2012 4:55 PM


    That just made my day. Thank you.

  39. gcsuk says: Mar 30, 2012 4:59 PM

    jakek2 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:48 PM

    By the end of the day, they will have signed Kareem McKenzie. Watch.

    Feel free to put the 34 year old career Right Tackle in at Left Tackle. Tell us how that works out.

  40. amaf21 says: Mar 30, 2012 5:15 PM

    They should also be scanning for a new head coach. Will be a miracle if dude makes it an entire season without getting canned.

  41. moochzilla says: Mar 30, 2012 5:29 PM

    Marcus McNeil is injured? Perfect!

    That’s almost a pre-requisite for a team that signed Marlin Jackson and Monte Reagor in years past!

  42. blue22ro says: Mar 30, 2012 5:35 PM

    Eagle eye

  43. queensnyvegas says: Mar 30, 2012 5:38 PM

    who ever they bring in they have to deal with jpp good luck with that go giants

  44. pardontheerruption says: Mar 30, 2012 5:48 PM

    This injury hurts Shady more than Vick. Remember, Vick is lefty, therefore the RT is more important. That being said, they need a stopgap veteran to bring, someone that fits Mudd’s system. Not sure if McKenzie or McNeil is that, but may be worth a chance…they have the cap space..

  45. bigpara says: Mar 30, 2012 6:26 PM

    Check the local prisons for a replacement, why not they already have one convict on the team, what’s another gonna hurt.

  46. litemater95 says: Mar 30, 2012 6:47 PM

    Maybe they can trade with the Colts for Winston Justice…….

  47. thetooloftools says: Mar 30, 2012 7:09 PM

    Bad break for a great player.
    Stay positive !

  48. backtothebowl says: Mar 30, 2012 7:34 PM

    Bell can’t be counted to play more than 1/2 the season at best. Always hurt nursing some type of injury.

  49. crapboys says: Mar 30, 2012 8:08 PM

    Go ahead and sign McNabb!! That neck is lookin mighty thick. Or just have Andy Reid put on the pads and suit up in #69!!

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