LA Chargers News: Jason Peters potentially became more valuable to the Philadelphia Eagles.
We are halfway through the month of June, the LA Chargers have a moderate amount of cap space compared to their peers and every Charger fan is still waiting for the Chargers news that the team has signed veteran tackle, Jason Peters.
Acquiring Peters makes so much sense for the Chargers that it is shocking that the team has not signed him already. While the front office appears to be high on Trey Pipkins at left tackle, Peters would offer a new dynamic and continue the efforts of improving the offensive line.
Plus, as Pipkins is a developmental talent, learning under Peters would be massive. With virtually no right tackle depth behind Bryan Bulaga, either, signing Peters allows Pipkins to become the “break in case of emergency” tackle, which is much better than Sam Tevi having that role.
It seems like the Chargers might have a worse chance of signing Peters today than they did a few days ago. Philadelphia Eagles guard Brandon Brooks suffered a torn Achilles, seemingly opening the door for Peters to return to Philly and either transition to right guard or have a tackle transition to guard.
Peters has played for the Eagles for 11 years and the two sides have reportedly stayed in touch throughout free agency. The reason why Peters had not been brought back to Philly was 2019 first-round draft pick, Andre Dillard.
Now, with Brooks out, it seems as if Peters is destined to return to Philly. But that might not be the case.
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The Philadelphia Eagles do not seem all that interested in Peters still. While you could make the case for moving Peters to guard, it would be a difficult move to make this late in his career, especially considering he would be moving from the left side of the offensive line to the right.
The team is not going to move Andre Dillard to guard as it could hurt his progression and Lane Johnson is not going to be moving from right tackle, either.
Plus, along with the Chargers, the Eagles are among the top of the league in salary-cap space. It makes much more sense for the team to bring in Larry Warford to play right guard rather than Peters and the Eagles can afford it.
Warford was released by the Saints earlier in the offseason, due to his contract, but is still a really talented guard. He has been to the Pro Bowl the last three seasons and had a 73.1 blocking grade on Pro Football Focus last season. It was not his best year, but he is on the right side of 30 and is more than qualified to replace Brooks.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out with Jason Peters as he is one of the rare free agents that makes too much sense for the Chargers. It is shocking that he has not been signed already.