Doug Pederson thinks Jason Peters will be back at left tackle

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The Eagles lost some key players to injury on their way to a Super Bowl title, including left tackle Jason Peters.

Peters tore his ACL and MCL in Week Seven and missed the rest of the year. Halapoulivaati Vaitai stepped in at the position for the rest of the season and the Eagles offense didn’t miss a beat, but head coach Doug Pederson said on Wednesday that he’s got Peters pencilled into the lineup for 2018.

“This guy is a Pro Bowl left tackle,” Pederson said, via NJ.com. “Guys like that, in my humble opinion, they can go out whenever they want to go out. I respect him, and what he’s done, and how he’s working right now through injury. If you had to hold a gun to my head right now, I’d say ‘yeah, he’s my left tackle.'”

Complicating matters is that the Eagles are currently projected to be over the cap in 2018. Peters’ contract calls for him to count $10.6 million against the cap, which could be brought down in a restructuring although the team has other moves they could make to address the cap as well.

8 responses to “Doug Pederson thinks Jason Peters will be back at left tackle

  1. Big V is your LT, son…with Peters’ cap hit and his age, not gonna happen. Besides, didnt Big V stone some of the better edge rushers most of this season?

    Peters plays for another team for 2 years and he’s your OL coach in 2021. Book it.

  2. Surprised to hear this. Big V came on strong at the end of the season, and played really well in the playoffs. As the season gets closer, we’ll see if this is the case. Peters was still playing at a high level before he got hurt, but at some point you’ve got to turn the page and move on. Makes it much easier since he has a ring now.

  3. Re-up and restructure Brandon Graham, cut/ trade Vinny Curry and cut Torrey Smith. That will go most of the way to clearing up their cap space. Cutting Peters doesn’t really even save them that much.

  4. Brent Celek could also retire or restructure. I love Celek as much as anyone, but his production is not worth $5mil/yr. I actually believe Pederson on this one. I think Peters is the least likely to go between himself, Celek, Curry, Smith and Sproles.

  5. Peters will want to win one on the field and what team will give him a better chance next year? None. He and Wentz have unfinished business. Vaitai played well, but you don’t let a HOF LT who is willing to restructure (he will be) walk away. They will sign him to a deal that is easy to walk away with after a year, but has a nice upfront stack. That way if he is still hurt, or doesn’t return to his former dominating level, we can move on. Don’t confuse me, Big V is definitely the LT of the future, but JP will play one more year for Eagles, at least.

    The more likely cut of the IR guys are Sproles and Sturgis. Others will be back.

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