Following the 2019 season, Eagles fans seemed committed to moving on from Jason Peters. The narrative was that while fans would always love and respect their all-pro left tackle, Andre Dillard had to get the chance to play. However, with Dillard’s future unclear and Brandon Brooks getting injured, a Jason Peters return may be inevitable.
Andre Dillard was the Eagles’ top first-round draft pick in the 2019 draft. The narrative created by the team was that he would develop under Peters in 2019, before becoming the starter for 2020. When free agency first started, everyone around the team seemed excited about having Dillard as their franchise left tackle. However, since then, the team has become more concerned about Dillard due to his possible immaturity.
When Dillard’s position became unclear, the idea of bringing back Peters seemed possible. My take on this is that while it may turn out poorly, Dillard needs to get the opportunity to be the Eagles’ starting left tackle. At age 38, Peters can continue to mentor Dillard, while also helping out elsewhere.
Jason Peters still wants to play as a starter in the NFL. After Brandon Brooks tore his Achilles, the idea of re-signing and moving Peters to right guard was born. Does Peters want to play a new position? Who knows. He’s done it before; many people forgot, but Peters first came into the NFL as a tight end. However, he may not want to take on the new challenge this late into his career.
Looking at the available players, it seems like Peters is the best option in free agency. He is undoubtedly a better option than third-year guard Matt Pryor or rookies Jack Driscoll and Prince Tega Wanogho within the organization. It’s also possible that Peters could play left guard, so he doesn’t have to move across the line, with Isaac Seumalo moving from left to right.
Bringing Peters Back:
At this point, bringing back Jason Peters seems inevitable. For one, it’s interesting that he hasn’t signed anywhere already. While he’s 38 years old, Peters has a lot of interest around the league in free agency, including the Broncos, Jets, and Browns.
Even before Brandon Brooks got hurt, it began to appear as though Peters was going to come back. The Eagles had concerns about Andre Dillard, so giving him another year to learn under Peters would help his development. Now the Eagles are in desperate need of offensive line help. If he can stay on the field, Peters still has some steam left in the tank and can help the Eagles’ offense in 2020, in whatever role he plays.
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