Re-signing Jason Peters gives the Eagles back a familiar face. But Peters will play an unfamiliar role with Philadelphia in 2020, moving from left tackle where he played nearly his entire Hall of Fame career to right guard to replace injured Eagles’ starter Brandon Brooks. While it will be a challenge to switch both sides and positions for Peters, the guy next to him, Eagles RT Lane Johnson, is happy to have him back.
“You can’t really replace a Brandon Brooks, who’s the best guard in the league, but this has been in the works I guess for a few weeks,” Johnson said via PennLive.com’s Daniel Gallen. “Finally working out the details and got the big man back and I’m excited, man. I’m excited to have him next to me, a guy that I’ve looked up to and has really been my mentor ever since coming into the league, so it’s huge for us.”
- 94 WIP’s Eliot Shorr-Parks points out the Eagles’ deal for Peters takes away the amount of cap they can roll over to fill a projected $50 million hole in 2021.
- Shorr-Parks says there’s almost no chance Eagles WRs DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery or Marquise Goodwin are back on their current contracts, which will free up $19 million toward the 2021 cap.
- Beyond that, though, Shorr-Parks notes there aren’t many other obvious moves to free up large chunks of cap space. He notes Eagles DE Derek Barnett has a $10 million cap hit in 2021 but he’s unlikely to be released.
- To make up the difference, Shorr-Parks writes the Eagles will need to explore restructures for DT Fletcher Cox, DE Brandon Graham and potentially QB Carson Wentz. He adds Eagles TE Zach Ertz is also a strong extension candidate, which will lower his $12.4 million cap hit in 2021.
- The Athletic’s Zach Berman predicts Eagles RB Miles Sanders will be the team’s breakout player in 2020 and establish himself as an impact starter.
- The Athletic’s Dan Duggan predicts Cowboys CB James Bradberry will be the team’s breakout player in 2020 and make his first Pro Bowl.