Notes On the Peters Signing

LeSean McCoy running Jason Peters run block against Chargers
Asked how much he dealt with Chip Kelly during the Jason Peters contract negotiations, agent Vincent Taylor responded, “Man, not at all.”

Kelly told reporters at the beginning of the offseason that he would not be delving into the contract side of things, and it appears he is staying true to his word. The lines were a little more gray under Andy Reid, who had final say over personnel decisions and by the end of his tenure was sitting in on some of the negotiations.

That’s not to say that Kelly wasn’t influential in the decision to lock up the All-Pro. He has been a big fan of the big man from the start.


"Coach is a very up-front guy," said Howie Roseman with a smile, "so the first time he saw him move, it was an expletive-filled energy. It's not very often that you see a 325-330 pound guy move like that and play with that kind of power. This is a unique football player."

When the Eagles selected Lane Johnson with the No. 4 overall pick last April, Kelly called Peters and told him not to read into it.

"He said, ‘Don’t think I’m trying to replace you. Lane’s a great tackle. But he’s not you. And we’re going to play him at right.’ I took that and I ran with it," said Peters.

He went on to garner both first-team All Pro and Pro Bowl honors. During the exit meetings, Kelly told Peters that he had his full backing and wanted him around. Kelly will get his wish.

-- Peters said that talks of a new deal actually began last offseason. The Eagles wanted to see him in game action before getting serious about an extension. The conversation really started heating up over the last couple weeks. 

-- Per a league source, the guaranteed money runs into the third year of the new deal, with a small portion of Year 3 being guaranteed.

-- Security was a major part of Peters' motivation for doing the deal now, but his affection for the city and organization also played a role.

"He just loves the camaraderie, he loves the direction, he loves the city," said Taylor. "He recently bought a new home [in the area].  And he felt like they took a chance on him when he was in Buffalo and was basically flying under the radar, didn't have the pub that maybe most guys were getting, so they took a chance on him, paid him really well in the first deal, so they felt it was only right to be loyal and stick around."

-- Taylor talked to the NFL Players Association on Wednesday and was told that the $19.55 guaranteed is the highest for any offensive lineman at 32 years old or above. As such, there was no precedent for the two sides to work off of, adding a degree of difficulty to the process.

"We just had  to look at, it is almost like the pink elephant: 'What is it worth to you?' " said Taylor. "It may not be worth  much to the next person but what is it worth to you? And they felt like hey, this is what he's worth to us."

-- Expect Jason Kelce to get a new deal of his own in the coming weeks (days?). Roseman wouldn't answer questions about an extension directly, but indicated that he is the type of player that they want to continue to build with.

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  • Joe L

    To think people scoffed at the Eagles for sending a 1st rounder to Buffalo for a guy characterized as a lazy bum. Contract well-earned Jason.

    • GEAGLE

      His first NFL signing bonus was 5k..dude worked his way up to a hall of famer!!

      This dude is really hungry for playoff success and he takes our losses hard, we are extremely fortunate to have him locked up

      Brian Dawkins is on ESPN talking about how we need safeties…smh what a kick in the balls

      • Ark87

        Wish I could forget what it was like to be without him in 2012…

    • Wilbert31

      On a gambling forum I frequented at the time, there was a Bills fan ripping Peters to shreds back then. Was glad he was leaving and even guaranteed that he was a bust!!!! He couldn’t have been more wrong. Thanks Buffalo!

  • bushisamoron

    stay healthy. heart of a lion, face of a chipmunk

  • Ark87

    Is it wrong to like his agent for having the names of the one of the best CB tandems in Eagles history?

    Oh and getting this deal done is pretty cool too.

    • BRF132

      I did a double take when I read it the first time. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with liking memories of a good secondary.

  • GEAGLE

    Holy crap…browns released Dqwell Jackson. Really love his game
    ..
    PFT reports the opposite of the inquirer: Riley Cooper is more of an eagles priority then Maclin. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, good for you Florio

    • NickS1

      How old is he?

      • GEAGLE

        Too old for us..30, this is bad bad news!!! More likely to try and retain Ward

        • NickS1

          Yeah, I mostly gave up on the Byrd/Ward possibility. I know there’s still an off chance at one of them being available, but even if that happens, only one being on the market hurts us. We know we won’t get into any serious bidding war that pays one of them more than they’re worth.

          • GEAGLE

            Still hope that we are attractive enough of a destination, coming from NFL purgatory(Cleveland,buffalo) that would get them to accept an offer from us. It won’t be the most lucrative offer on the table for them, but how eager can a guy who been trying to get out of buffalo for years be to sign with Oakland? And if a player only cares about the highest offer, you better off without them

          • NickS1

            Dude I 110% agree. Hopefully, if they hit FA, they’ll be smart enough to know that they’re paying CA taxes out the @$$ while playing for a loser (thought I heard something like over 10% for millionaires), when they could be keeping most of that to play for a team on the up with a coach they know. Funny how people seem to ignore taxes with NFL FA but it’s always factored into NFL/NBA FA.

    • Ark87

      regarding the PFT report, interesting that it is in direct contradiction with McLane’s report from the combine. I know which one I hope is right, but coming from Florio, it might as well be from Eskin….

    • Khalid Washington

      I think we should go at Dqwell. Since Chip and Howie are always saying being in competition. Who in the draft is a good enough guy for early round consideration?

      • GEAGLE

        He would never sign on to be part of our rotation, some contender will get a quality ILB starting for them for another year or two…we will add depth at LB, but it will be young athletes. We already have one 30yr old OLB. I’m a huge Fan of Qwell, but we aren’t going to add him.

  • PaoliBulldog

    For Peters to overcome the double Achilles injury and perform at a high level is impressive and I am thrilled that he was able to get this extension done.

  • oreofestar

    It was good deal for everybody now I gotta sit here waiting on a Maclin contract before the glorious March 8th

  • Name

    I think in the quote “payed” should be “paid.” Regardless, keep up the great work guys!
    This extension might end up being a deal when some of the other free agent tackles (Albert, Monroe etc.) end up getting paid. JP is better than all of them–hopefully he stays healthy.

  • MediaMike

    Excellent! Peters is a stone cold shut down OT and Johnson is going to grow into one on the other side. And just as Johnson is due for an extension, Peters will be out of the guaranteed money on this new deal. Thank you Howie and thank you new CBA.

    • GEAGLE

      Let’s, see. Guys returning to play year two in a new scheme:
      JP, all pro who should be even better next year
      PFF #1 ranked OG Mathis
      PFF #1 ranked Center Kelce
      Lane who is as talented as we can ever hope for, should take a big leap in Quality of play, which should Make Herremens life easier.
      Todd also got better as the season went on. This next year he should be better at RG, how much better? Not exactly sure…but if I’m expecting the number 1 OL in the NFL, Herremans can’t be that big of a problem

      • Richard Colton

        Left to right:
        Peters/Martin/Kelce/Mathis/Johnson. Herremans, Barbre, Tobin off the bench. Can you live with that?

        • GEAGLE

          Sure, but it be a waste of resources since we could do absolutely NOTHING and have the best OL in football, In a division where teams don’t have the DL and LB needed to not get trampled…good player. Versatile, yeah I can live with it…but you can’t get me to say it’s the best use of our resources

          • Richard Colton

            you’re right. but an O-lineman is my darkhorse in this draft. IMO – Lewan and Martin are top 15 players whose stock could take a hit. Martin b/c of Arm length and Lewan b/c of temper. I see: value, versatility, measureables, the whole package.

          • GEAGLE

            Or I can just get Botonio from Nevada in round 3…dark horse is fine, but that doesn’t mean you gotta go all out and get one at 22. Gonna be some quality OGs to be had in round 2 , possibly round 3….a team with a top OL to take another one at 22 IMO would mean they had a stacked Niners/Seahawks type roster..we ain’t there yet, just like I don’t think we have the roster in place to add versatile subpackages guys like Lamarcus Joyner…

            We have SOME serious issues that need addressing, and it doesn’t look Iike there are many realistic upgrades in free agency that would do the trick…I can’t sit here and look at major Immediate needs and be happy to see us add more to positions of strength(OL and run defense in the DL), those are our strengths, and I don’t see how we could have filled holes properly in free agency to allow us to be gluttons and add more to our strengths…but as long as the player drafted pans out, that’s all I can really ask for. Another draft of hitting on players and we will have the roster in place to add players at whatever position

          • Richard Colton

            Well you know my general philosophy – the draft isn’t the place where you go out and “fix an issue” or “draft a position.”
            If they fail to sign a Safety in FA, then try to spin HaHa as “…the highest player we had left on the board” I’ll be skeptical. Same way I would have questioned a 1st round WR if they let Cooper and Maclin walk.

          • GEAGLE

            I agree in theory…hopefully we are all wrong and Howie splash Roseman surprises us and handles business in free agency, then you can draft a guard in the first 3 rounds or all I care

          • anon

            That’s BPA. But if we have good o-line depth — that’s how you trade for picks…lots of teams are looking for o-line.

        • Ark87

          Not sure I would move Mathis, Peters on his left, Kelce on his right seems golden, wouldn’t touch that.

          Edit: Mathis did just fine in 2012 without him, still not sure how much I’d mess with it.

          • Richard Colton

            I put the rookie with the most experienced vet – good point though. Also wouldn’t mind rolling back with last year’s five and sitting Martin in year one.

          • Ark87

            Valid points

          • GEAGLE

            That makes more sense to me,…I honestly think there is no reason why we have to replace Herremans next year. 2015 is up for debate tho depending on how much Herremans improves this year

  • 76mustang

    Love hearing Chip not involved in contract negotiations – this entire organization is really taking shape – feels like a real team from top to bottom – what a difference a year makes.

  • Amar (India)

    Not sure there is a better Pass-blocking tackle in the NFL like Peters….OLinemen love to run block and make a statement, but Pass blocking is where the money is.
    Hopefully Lane Johnson’s watching..

    • MediaMike

      Peters is dominant at both. Glad he’s an all pro again.

      • GEAGLE

        Sure shot hall of famer with a chance to retire as an Eagle..well done to the Eagles organization

  • oreofestar

    Unrelated but it looks like we might be keeping Maclin and Cooper and that is great http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-eagles/Eagles-and-Riley-Cooper-near-a-new-contract.html

    • Richard Colton

      McLane just tweeted that. Here’s a bold prediction: Eagles resign Maclin & Cooper AND draft WR at #22.

      • BleedGreenJames

        So….bye DeSean?

        • MediaMike

          That best not be the case.

        • Richard Colton

          Nope. Just crazy depth. Next year’s starting 3 would be DeSean, Maclin & Cooper. ODB returns kicks and gets 5-7 snaps per game.

          • MediaMike

            If Odell goes by ODB, I might need to see if I can get some Eagles themed Wu Wear if that clothing line is still around.

          • Richard Colton

            He doesn’t. But he should.

          • G_WallyHunter

            Wu Wear Forever

          • BleedGreenJames

            I can dig crazy WR depth

          • NickS1

            Those two resign and it’s bye-bye Damaris and Jeff Maehl!!! Trade down a few spots (hopefully with SF, barring Evans/KB off the board), nab KVN, a WR, and Buchannon in first two rounds. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

          • Richard Colton

            Yeah. I should have qualified it that way. I love Evans. I like ODB. Don’t love him at #22, but wouldn’t rip the pick. We trade down 7 or 8 spots and get him, I love him.

          • NickS1

            Now, I think the only way I want a WR at #22 is if it’s KB or Evans. If it’s not a big bodied guy, I prefer a trade down. I like Cooks, and I’ve said I’d like him at #22, but I changed my mind and I’m okay with that unless someone can convince me he’s a game-changer. Otherwise, trade back and get an extra second. I think Buchannon combined his way up a round for sure. Would love that haul of him, KVN and a WR in first two rounds with C-Jones in the 3rd if possible.

          • Richard Colton

            Love it – but I also want the WR we’re taking to contribute in year one. KB doesn’t return kicks. So while I agree he has the higher upside, I’d rather have ODB.

          • NickS1

            Yeah, but if you draft KB you’re doing the same thing with him that was done with Ertz.

          • http://www.corcommunity.com/ theycallmerob
          • NickS1

            Okay, I can dig it, but I’m not 100% sold. The article notes that he’d play the TAZR role, that DAT did….. why not draft DAT later?

          • RIP illa

            That sounds so Damn good right about now!!!

  • GEAGLE

    Btw for the silly fools who worry about JPs quality of play, PFF ranked him the 2nd best OT during the second half of the season while playing thru a dislocated finger that needed surgery at the end of the year… No Injury setbacks and we will see the Dominant JP of the 2011 season next year…take that to the Bank

  • Amar (India)
  • Corey Dawson

    Almost every time a player resigns with the Eagles or is coming up on free agency, their love for the organization and their love for the city is cited as a reason for wanting to stay. How much of this is just the player and agent trying in ingratiate themselves with the fans and how much of it is true?