There’s been a lot of talk about Jason Peters potentially returning to the Philadelphia Eagles.
It started with Lane Johnson saying he wouldn’t rule out JP coming back. Then Derrick Gunn said that “it’s only a matter of time” until the Eagles re-sign him. Even more recently, Gunn said Peters has actually turned down offers from other teams because he wants to play in Philly.
The very latest on Peters comes from NFL insider Adam Schefter:
Nine-time Pro-Bowl OT Jason Peters, who turned 38 in January, has been working out to play this season and plans to play this season. He has spoken with the Eagles, but is keeping his options open: This is a video that Peters recently shot that he wants teams to see. pic.twitter.com/YnrWzZ44FD— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 8, 2020
Maybe not just a coincidence that this report about JP “keeping his options open” emerges just hours after one that claims he turned down offers from other suitors. Perhaps this is JP’s camp aiming to put pressure on the Eagles to re-sign him by threatening he’ll go elsewhere if they don’t give in to his demands. And maybe JP truly will sign with another team.
I have my doubts.
First of all, as Pro Football Talk notes, openings aren’t abound.
The options appear pretty limited. The 49ers traded for Trent Williams. The Browns drafted Jedrick Wills Jr. The Vikings drafted Ezra Cleveland. The Giants drafted Andrew Thomas. The Jets drafted Mekhi Becton. The Dolphins drafted Austin Jackson. The Bucs drafted Tristan Wirfs.
Washington still has uncertainty at left tackle after trading Williams.
But the Eagles might be the best (and only?) landing spot for Peters.
It seems like thing are trending in a way where the Eagles will end up bringing back their 38-year-old left tackle for at least one more season. Between their rumored interest in Peters and their rumored concern about Andre Dillard, it just feels like a reunion is in store at some point.
Re-signing Peters would be a disappointing development from the standpoint that it would raise concerns about Dillard’s outlook. If the 2019 first-round pick isn’t ready to start during his age 25 season, will he truly ever be ready? And perhaps he will, but that’s still two years where primary resources were not maximized when ones considers the opportunity cost.
If the Eagles truly feel that Dillard isn’t ready now, they might not be beholden to sunk cost fallacy. It’s risky business to move forward with a guy they don’t really believe in protecting Carson Wentz’s blindside.
The idea that JP would come back as a backup — or be subject to competing for the starting job — is naive. This is a future Hall of Famer with unparalleled clout within the NovaCare Complex. He’s not busting his butt in workouts just to sit on the bench. If the Eagles re-sign Peters, he’s going to be starting.
We’ll just have to wait and see if the team ends up going that route. At the very least, we know the idea is being dicusesd.
Eagles fans polled here at Bleeding Green Nation are sure more receptive to the idea now (April 30) ...