Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters

Philadelphia Eagles will let left tackle Jason Peters test the open market

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By Mike Brez March 5, 2020 0 Comment
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Longtime Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters will hit the free agency market. What does it mean for the Eagles in 2020?

According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, the Philadelphia Eagles are expected to let Jason Peters hit the free-agent market. One of the highly regarded left tackles in the league, Peters has spent the last 11 years with Philadelphia. During those 11 seasons, he made the Pro Bowl nine times. It’s not often that top-end left tackles hit the open market.

Peters, 38, is near the end of his career in the NFL. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that he still wants to play and should still have a good market, given the lack of quality tackles. Playing for Philadelphia since 2009, Peters has not only become one of the best left tackles in the league, but one of the best to put on an Eagles uniform. If he were to hang up the cleats today, he would be a strong candidate for the NFL Hall of Fame.

Replacing the six-time All-Pro left tackle will be a second-year tackle, Andre Dilliard. Philadelphia moved up in the draft to jump the Houston Texans in 2019 to select Dilliard. The former Washington State tackle started in three games last season. Outside of playing right tackle for the first half against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 12, he performed well. It was the first time he had ever moved to that side of the offensive line.

Now, Dilliard has some big shoes to fill. Reporters asked him after the playoff loss to the Seahawks about his thoughts on Peters wanting to return for another season.

“I wouldn’t really call it ‘in my way.’ You know what I’m saying?” Dillard said. “They brought me along so that there’s no drop-off when he decides to step away from the game. Until that time, my job is to back up the tackle spots, play tight end, whatever they want me to do.

Sitting behind one of the best in the league to play the position, Dilliard should slide right in come 2020. The former first-round pick played well in his three games during the 2019 season, especially given the opponents he faced. During his three starts, the Eagles faced off against the Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, and Dallas Cowboys. All three of those teams have premier pass rushers and overall units that are considered with the best in the NFL. He also saw time against the Chicago Bears, where he matched up against the 2018 Defensive Player of the Year, Khalil Mack. Dillard rarely allowed pressure against the All-Pro edge rusher and the rest of the Bears defensive front. He also contributed to a strong running attack.

Philadelphia planned for this moment by drafting Dilliard in 2019, and now it’s time to cash in on their investment. The Eagles continue to get younger, and they need consistency on the offensive line to keep quarterback Carson Wentz upright.

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