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Bills trade Jason Peters to Eagles

Post  Big_Pete on Fri Apr 17, 2009 7:57 pm

from http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4077093


Sources: Eagles have deal for Peters

The Philadelphia Eagles have worked out an agreement in principle to acquire Buffalo Bills left tackle Jason Peters, according to multiple sources.

For Peters, the Bills will receive a first-round pick (28th selection overall), a fourth-rounder in next weekend's draft and an undisclosed pick in 2010, according to a source.

Peters has been asked to fly to Philadelphia on Friday to meet with the Eagles, who have 12 draft choices including two first-round selections.

A source involved in the trade talks said Friday evening the Eagles have processed Peters, meaning he has passed his physical exam. Contract negotiations would continue Friday night.

"There are a lot of things to be aware of, like the uncapped season [in 2010] and the [possible] lockout year [in 2011]," said the source. "There are a lot of strings left to tie up. Still, I think there's a good chance it will get done [Friday] night."

The Eagles and Peters' agent, Eugene Parker, were scheduled to open contract talks Friday.

According to an Eagles source, the Eagles would like to have a contract in place before the trade is complete. Because of that, the Eagles might not be able to announce the trade until as late as Sunday.

For more than a year, Peters has been in a contract stalemate with the Bills. He's made two Pro Bowls at left tackle and wants to become one of the highest-paid players at his position -- at an annual salary of possibly more than $11 million.

Listed at 6-foot-4 and 328 pounds, Peters completed his sixth season last year and is scheduled to make $3.375 million for the coming season. Last year he held out of training camp, but the decision did not get him a new contract. Peters is signed through 2010 and can then become a free agent.

A great success story for the Bills, Peters was an undrafted tight end out of Arkansas. After his rookie season, Peters was converted into an offensive lineman, and started 10 games at right tackle in 2005. He moved over to the left side midway through the following season. Buffalo eventually turned him into one of the best left tackles in the game.

By landing Peters, the Eagles fill an immediate hole on their offensive line after left tackle Tra Thomas signed with Jacksonville in free agency last month. The Eagles still have a first-round pick, the 21st overall.

Without Peters, the Bills have another need to address in either free agency or the draft. Buffalo was already in the midst of revamping its offensive line after releasing left guard Derrick Dockery and electing not to re-sign centers Duke Preston and Melvin Fowler in February.

The Bills, coming off their third straight 7-9 season, have added Geoff Hangartner, who is expected to take over at center, and versatile journeyman Seth McKinney in free agency.

By acquiring the 28th pick from Philadelphia, Buffalo will now have three of the first 42 selections in the draft, including the 11th overall. Aside from offensive line, the Bills have specific needs on defense, including adding a lineman or outside linebacker.

Right tackle Langston Walker is a candidate to take over for Peters. Walker filled in on the left side during Peters' holdout last year, and in Buffalo's opener.

Peters was fined by the Bills more than $600,000 for missing mandatory minicamp and all of training camp last year before reporting to the team a day before Buffalo's season opener. It's not clear whether Peters paid those fines.

Sal Paolantonio covers the NFL for ESPN. Tim Graham covers the AFC East for ESPN.com. ESPN.com's John Clayton, Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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Re: Bills trade Jason Peters to Eagles

Post  Big_Pete on Fri Apr 17, 2009 8:01 pm

Jason Peters, Shaun Andrews and Stacy Andrews.. the Eagles have some good talent on their Oline.

This is certainly a powerfull group
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Re: Bills trade Jason Peters to Eagles

Post  Big_Pete on Sat Apr 18, 2009 12:01 am

from rotoworld.com

Eagles acquired LT Jason Peters from the Bills in exchange for the 28th overall pick, a 2009 fourth-round pick, and a 2010 late-round pick.

The trade was finalized when the Eagles locked up Peters for six years in a deal that the National Football Post reports could be worth up to $60 million with $24 million guaranteed. The Eagles did well to solidify their offensive line with a young All-Pro talent just as their decade-long tandem of Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan were declining and due to leave via free agency.

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Re: Bills trade Jason Peters to Eagles

Post  NYG Hampton 27 on Sat Apr 18, 2009 8:26 pm

Big_Pete wrote:Jason Peters, Shaun Andrews and Stacy Andrews.. the Eagles have some good talent on their Oline.

This is certainly a powerfull group
They certainly do, and thats additions to a group that gave up no sacks to the G-men last year; yes, the Giants have added too and will have Osi back, but they really have to step it up against the Eagles this year.

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