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.

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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.


  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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

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

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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..

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

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

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