Report: Eagles Reached Out To Will Beatty
While waiting for official word on Lane Johnson’s potential 10-game suspension, the Eagles reached out to former Giants offensive lineman Will Beatty, according to Newsday’s Tom Rock. Rock added that Beatty, who has not yet worked out for the Eagles, has a contract offer from the Jaguars.
The left tackle, who was cut in February, is reportedly willing to play other positions. The Eagles would presumably sign Beatty to play right tackle, although it’s possible they’d consider moving him to left tackle if Jason Peters misses significant time this year.
Beatty sat out of the entire 2015 season with a torn pectoral and shoulder injury. Before that, the 31-year-old played in all 16 games in the three previous seasons. If the Eagles do not sign Beatty and Johnson is suspended, one of the most likely contingency plans is to have Allen Barbre shift to right tackle, while plugging in Isaac Seumalo or Stefen Wisniewski at left guard.
When addressing the media after practice yesterday, Doug Pederson said he was not worried about the state of his offensive line.
“You know what, I’m really not. I’m really not,” he said. “I look back to our days in Kansas City. We had a lot of injuries there and we were moving guys around, and we had a young left tackle early on. We made it work. I’m looking for five tough, dirty, nasty guys that want to go out and just play football. I don’t care which five it is, but we’re going to find the best five and the right five, and I feel like we’ve got them here on the team.”