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On the Jason Peters Trade

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"His talent is unquestioned. I played with Jason in 2004 and 2005, when he was a youngster, and it was obvious to me he was the most naturally talented offensive linemen I had ever been around. Even though his technique was raw, he was virtually unbeatable because of his quick feet, long arms, flexibility and amazingly low center of gravity. He was the best left tackle in the NFL in 2007 and appeared in line to take the best in the business belt from Walter Jones and carry it into the next decade. On his way towards becoming the next great one he grew unhappy with his compensation because he was underpaid for his production based upon his 2007 season and the Bills were paying a couple of inferior linemen more. But two wrongs don't make a right and Peters was out of touch the entire offseason. He reported to Buffalo out of shape, overweight, disinterested and it showed in his lackluster performance. That made the Bills particularly uneasy to make him the highest paid player at his position. Personally, I would have made him play out his contract in western New York, but the Bills didn't want to go through last year all over again and began to entertain trade offers. For their part, the Eagles did their research and felt comfortable believing that if Peters is happy with his compensation and gets back to working like he did his first couple of years, he will be the best left tackle in the NFL the next six years. If so, they will have gotten one heck of a bargain." --Some high praise ("virtually unbeatable" wow) coupled with some caution from former teammate Ross Tucker at SI.com

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