The Philadelphia Eagles could have a conundrum at the left tackle position and the end result could revolve around a few million dollars.
It was expected that Jason Peters would automatically revert back to the left tackle position, but Matt Pryor has been getting reps with the first team while Peters remains at guard. Jeff McLane of The Inquirer is reporting that the holdup could involve money and Peters being paid accordingly to the position he plays.
But there’s an explanation other than the one Pederson gave about looking at some of the younger, more inexperienced options: Peters wants to be paid like a starting left tackle if he’s to assume the role for the 2020 season, NFL sources told The Inquirer.
Peters, 38, signed a one-year, $3 million contract to play right guard last month after starter Brandon Brooks suffered an Achilles tendon injury in June. Guards make significantly less than tackles, especially on the left flank.
During a Saturday morning zoom call with the media, Pederson told McLane that several players were in the mix to replace Dillard at left tackle.
“Jason Peters is obviously in the conversation,” Pederson said earlier Saturday during a video conference call with reporters. “We do have some young players, Jordan Mailata, Matt Pryor. Jack Driscoll, who’s a [fourth-round] rookie, obviously, but has been playing some tackle for us.”
Peters spent 11 years as the Eagles left tackle and returned to the team in free agency after signing a one-year, $3 million deal with $1.8 million guaranteed.
It now looks like the Eagles will have to up the asking price if they want Peters to return to his natural position.