Eagles could be looking to trade Jason Peters
Jason Peters has been a consistent performer in his time for the Philadelphia Eagles, but after rupturing his Achilles tendon twice over the 2012 offseason, and the high probability of having the top offensive tackle prospect Luke Joeckel available at the 4th spot in the 2013 NFL draft. The Eagles might be able to trade Jason Peters to a team in desperate need of a former All-Star tackle, and use draft picks from that trade to build the team Chip Kelly has envisioned.
Of course, the first matter of business before even considering dealing him is whether Peters has fully recovered from the injury that kept him on IR for the entire 2012 season. Peters was a franchise building piece before his Achilles tendon rupture, and his recovery will be the main driving factor to any trade or outright release.
Unfortunately for Peters, a recent collection of studies available since March 2010 from Lower Extremity Review, found that only 2/3 of NFL players ever comeback from Achilles tendon ruptures and those who do, find their performance on the field significantly decrease.
These studies also found, that the average number of games played, dropped from 11.67 per year pre-injury to 6.17 games per year post-injury. That ultimately means Peters has an increased chance of re-injuring the tendon and does not bode well for his value on the team in the future.
It is critical to keep in mind that this collection of studies on the matter of Achilles tendon injuries uses data collected from 1997-2003. Obviously advances in medical techniques mean a higher success rate for Peters in the future, but the odds are against Peters. Techniques have improved enough to sustain his career.
With this information presented, hopefully you can see that getting some sort of value for Peters before he finally hits the wall can be beneficial to the Eagles. Will the Eagles be able to get any value from trading him to another team?
Yes, but in this type of situation, the Eagles are the ones who will hold this deal back. You cannot overvalue an injured Peters, and getting a couple of 2nd rounders may seem akin to lowballing, but the Eagles have to have confidence that it is highly unlikely he will return to his Pro Bowl form from the injury.
The Eagles need to get what the market will give them for Peters, and leave it at that. Now, when will Peters actually get traded to another team should be obvious.
After the Eagles wrap up the 2013 NFL draft, hopefully securing Luke Joeckel or even Eric Fisher, then Peters can be dealt. A no loose scenario is presented after the draft, and the suitors will come out of the wood work too once they’ve evaluated their draft choices.
Peters ultimately does not win out of these circumstances, unless he can fully recover from Achilles rupture on another team, but that is just the nature of this business. The Eagles are a lousy team that need to rebuild through the draft, and dealing Jason Peters can be a significant piece to that strategy in the future.
New head coach Chip Kelly has come to make some bold moves, and dealing Jason Peters needs to be one of them.