Eagles acquire lineman Peters
Bills receive picks; tackle gets $53m
Jason Peters got the contract extension he wanted from the Philadelphia Eagles instead of the Bills.
Buffalo traded Peters to the Eagles yesterday rather than risk another offseason holdout from the disgruntled two-time Pro Bowl left tackle. The Eagles then signed Peters to a $53 million, four-year contract extension that would keep him in Philadelphia through 2014, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press. Peters will earn $60 million over the next six seasons, including $25 million in guaranteed money, according to the source.
The Bills received the 28th overall pick - the second of the Eagles' two first-round picks - and a fourth-round selection in next week's NFL draft. Buffalo also gets an undisclosed pick in the 2010 draft.
"Jason Peters is the best left tackle in football," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "He is a powerful and athletic tackle and I have admired his play over the last few years on film. I have always believed that success in the NFL is derived from the strong play of the offensive and defensive lines."
While the Bills lose their most talented offensive lineman, they rid themselves of a potential headache. Peters was threatening to repeat last year's offseason holdout. He was scheduled to make a base salary of $7.2 million over the final two years of his contract.
By acquiring the 28th pick from Philadelphia, Buffalo will now have three of the first 42 selections in the draft, including the 11th overall. Right tackle Langston Walker is a candidate to take over for Peters. Walker filled in on the left side during Peters's holdout last year, and in Buffalo's opener.
A spring snowstorm forced the team to move rookie coach Josh McDaniels's first minicamp practice indoors in Englewood, Colo. "I've been waiting a long time for this. It's something I've been wanting to do, and it was productive. It was a productive day," McDaniels said.
McDaniels, the offensive coordinator for the Patriots last season, kept a keen eye on Kyle Orton and Chris Simms, who are vying to win the starting job following Cutler's unceremonious exit. He offered no hint about when he would name the starter.
"You know they're doing everything they can every day, morning, noon, and night to try to get themselves ready to go. I think they showed well for themselves today, both did," he said.
McDaniels was happy that he could finally focus on football, not feuds. The Broncos dealt away a potential distraction April 2, sending Cutler and a fifth-round draft pick to the Bears for Orton, two first-round draft picks, and a third-rounder, ending a six-week feud that began when Cutler decided he didn't want to play for Mike Shanahan's replacement.