Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Eagles fans have been waiting all offseason to see what their team would do with a surplus of cap room and draft picks. And on Friday, Andy Reid and Co. answered the bell by agreeing in principle on a trade that would bring Bills left tackle Jason Peters to Philadelphia.
At first blush, I think the Eagles made a solid deal in giving up the No. 28 overall pick and a fourth-rounder for Peters. I'll be anxious to see what pick the Bills receive in 2010, but no matter what, it appears the Eagles have solidified the most important position on the offensive line for the next five years or so.
Peters has outplayed his contract in Buffalo and his ability warrants the type of contract he's about to receive (likely in the $11.5 million range). Quarterback Donovan McNabb reportedly wanted to take a wait-and-see approach as to what the Eagles might do to upgrade the offense. In my mind, Peters is a bigger upgrade than any receiver out there (Anquan Boldin and Braylon Edwards) would be.
Peters, an undrafted player out of Arkansas, has emerged as one of the best left tackles in the game. Playing in Buffalo kept him under the radar, but now he'll have a chance to perform in front of national audiences on a regular basis.
He'll also play with another ex-Razorback in right guard Shawn Andrews. If Andrews can return to his '07 form, the Eagles could have a pair of Pro Bowlers on the line for a long time. Peters will also help the Eagles in short-yardage situations, an area where they've struggled mightily.
Now Philly can stay at No. 21 and either draft a tight end or running back. Or maybe one of those receivers like Darrius Heyward-Bey is sitting there. If this trade's completed, it's a win for the Eagles.