With left tackle Jason Peters not getting any younger, the Philadelphia Eagles could be in need of some tackle help this upcoming season. With rumors swirling that the Eagles could either restructure or release Peters this offseason, Philly will luckily have some options to help address the position. One option that I value above the others would be for the team to sign Ricky Wagner.
A member of the Baltimore Ravens for the last four seasons, the former fifth round draft pick could be given his first taste of free agency this offseason. Quickly becoming one of the NFL’s most consistent right tackles, Wagner has moved his way up in the eyes of many. With him hitting free agency, I expect a number of suitors to be firmly in pursuit of his signature.
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A question for some folks though, may be about how he is a right tackle. If the Eagles sign him as a replacement for Jason Peters, who will play the left tackle position? Bringing in Ricky Wagner as the right tackle, the Philadelphia Eagles could move Lane Johnson over to the left tackle position. Talented enough to take over on the left side, Johnson should be a good fit for the position.
With Johnson switching sides of the offensive line, his move would open up a spot for Wagner. Expected to command a contract in the $7 million per season range, Wagner is also a cheaper option than Peters. With Wagner also only 27-years old, he is about to enter the prime of his career and could continue playing at a high level for five or six more seasons.
While Peters is coming off of his best season in a few years, the risk for injury and skill drops remains high. In the previous couple of seasons, Peters seemed to consistently get injured and his time looked to have passed. Though he did make the Pro Bowl last season, Peters is still a player that is nearing the end of his career.
Risking further injury issues and other problems, the Philadelphia Eagles need to find a replacement for Jason Peters sooner rather than later. Moving Lane Johnson to the left tackle position and signing free agent Ricky Wagner strikes me as the best option for this team.