Replacing All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters won’t be an easy task, but there are a handful of options the Philadelphia Eagles could do in an attempt to fill the void left when Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon.
Peters—who signed a six-year deal with the team before the 2009 season—has done an exceptional job of replacing the mammoth Tra Thomas. Peters is actually a better player than Thomas ever was; he’s made three straight Pro Bowls and last year ranked nearly twice as good as any other offensive tackle in the game (per Pro Football Focus).
Peters has three seasons remaining on his contract, although he is likely to miss all of 2012. When he does return from his injury, Peters may not be the same player. Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Antwan Odom suffered a similar injury after being an elite pass-rusher for the first half of the 2009 season. He returned in 2010, played four games without a sack, and is now out of football.
Hopefully Peters is able to regain his form as the league’s top tackle, but either way, the Eagles desperately need a fill-in for the 2012 season. The team finished 8-8 last season, although the tools are there for the Eagles to make another run at an NFC East title, and filling the left tackle void is vital to their success.