Pro Bowl Tackle Jason Peters Traded for Picks by the Buffalo Bills

Matt SchaeferCorrespondent IApril 18, 2009

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 21:  Jason Peters #71 of the Buffalo Bills blocks during the game against the Oakland Raiders on September 21, 2008 at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

Just when I thought the offseason couldn’t get any better.

First off, J.P. Losman will never be taking a snap under center in a Bills uniform ever again. Second, the Bills went out and signed game changer Terrell Owens to help out the offense while also showing that they were serious in trying to win ball games.

Yesterday I heard news that trumped those first two events. Other than Dick Jauron being fired, one of the best possible events happened to the team yesterday, they finally waved goodbye to left tackle Jason Peters.

Peters was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for a first and fourth round pick this season, and a conditional pick in next year’s draft (most likely another fourth round selection).

Don’t get me wrong, Peters is a Pro Bowl LT who still has age on his side, however, the guy was warming out his welcome way too fast. Peters wanted to be paid as the best LT in the NFL, which he might be someday, but that was certainly not the case last season.

Peters held out until a day before the regular season, missing workouts, training camp, the pre-season, and the first game of the regular season last year. This year he was expected to hold out the same amount of time or possibly even longer if he wasn’t paid top dollar.

He might have been the Bills most talented player on the roster, but he wasn’t worth the price and certainly wasn’t worth the headache either.

Will he be missed? Most likely. However he was letting up sacks galore last season (11.5 sacks allowed) and didn’t help out the running game either.

It does create a whole in the offensive line, however it gives a team like the Bills on the rise, two first round picks (11th and 28th overall) that will greatly benefit the team.

With a young core of players under contract, two more pieces can be added to the puzzle, one that is almost complete.

 

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