Eagles Stay or Go — Will Jason Peters be back?

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Eagles Stay or Go — Will Jason Peters be back?

Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro continue our series examining the future of the world champion Eagles.

Elijah Qualls
Roob: Qualls was essentially the Eagles' fifth defensive tackle this year, and as a sixth-round pick at a position in which the Eagles are very strong, he faces an uncertain future. I wouldn't be surprised if the Eagles draft a defensive tackle early on this spring, so I think Qualls faces an uphill climb to return.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: Last summer Qualls began to show some flashes of a pass-rushing interior lineman. He also showed his immaturity at certain times as he learned to be a pro. He became the whipping boy for DL coach Chris Wilson, but that's OK. The Eagles invested a sixth-round pick in Qualls and there still might be something there. At least enough to keep him around another year to find out. 

Verdict: STAYS

Patrick Robinson
This one is tough since Robinson had such a remarkable year, especially considering how poorly it began. Robinson delivered exceptional play out of the slot and made one of the biggest plays of the postseason with his wild, winding 50-yard interception return that really changed the course of the Vikings game. But Robinson is an unrestricted free agent, and with Jalen Mills, Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones and Ronald Darby, the Eagles have four cornerbacks who are 24 or younger. Robinson played for minimum wage this year, but he's going to cash in big-time this offseason. Great year. Next year will be somewhere else.

Verdict: GOES

Dave: You can make the argument that Robinson, taking in account performance and how little he was paid, was the best signing last offseason. Robinson was arguably their best cornerback last season while playing in the slot. Robinson is 30 now, so we'll see what the market is for a 30-year-old journeyman slot corner coming off a really good season. All it takes is one team to pay him. The Eagles should at least inquire; they can't just assume that another team will steal him away. For another near-minimum deal, sure, bring him back. But the Eagles have young, talented guys waiting. Probably time to move on. 

Verdict: GOES 

Jason Peters
I think everybody was a little surprised when Doug Pederson announced a few days after the Super Bowl that he expects Peters to be his starting left tackle in 2018. The combination of Halapoulivaati Vaitai's dramatic improvement at left tackle after Peters was lost for the season and Vaitai's low salary ($686,281 cap figure in 2018 vs. Peters' $10.666 million cap figure) all pointed to Peters' exit and Vaitai taking over. But Peters is a Hall of Famer, and Pederson wants him back, so he'll be back.

Verdict: STAYS

Dave: He's a 36-year-old left tackle coming off another major leg injury. But I still wouldn't bet against him being the team's starting left tackle come September. He's going to have a $10.6 million cap hit this year. That's steep, but not crazy for a high-caliber starting left tackle. And before his injury last year, he was playing at an extremely high level. Pederson said he envisions Peters being his starting tackle; that's good enough for me. 

Verdict: STAYS

More money might not be enough to keep Chris Long in Philly

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More money might not be enough to keep Chris Long in Philly

The Eagles have given veteran defensive end Chris Long a raise, but according to one report, Long is concerned enough about his playing time with the Eagles that he's mulling his options regarding his future.

What is certain is that at some point before March 15, Long signed a new contract with the Eagles that increases his 2018 base salary from $1 million non-guaranteed to $2½ million fully guaranteed.

However, NFL Network's Michael Silver reported Monday that Long may decide he doesn't want to accept the new contract — which he already signed.

According to Silver, Long is concerned about how many snaps he would get as a third-down rusher following the addition of Pro Bowl pass rusher Michael Bennett.

The Eagles officially acquired Bennett on March 14, although the deal was reported a week earlier. Long's new contract was filed with the NFLPA on March 15, but there is a good chance he agreed to it and signed it before the Bennett acquisition.

Whether or not Long knew Bennett was coming to the Eagles when he signed the restructured deal is unknown. But at some point Long knew about their interest in Bennett and even gave Bennett a "glowing recommendation" when the Eagles asked, according to an interview Long gave to SBNation.  

Long wouldn't appear to have many options. He could retire, in which case he would have to return the $500,000 bonus he received from the Eagles last week.

He could request a trade, which would be bizarre for someone who signed a contract extension just a few days earlier.

Or he could simply play under the terms of the contract restructure and pay increase, which was first reported by Field Yates of ESPN and confirmed by NBC Sports Philadelphia with a source familiar with the renegotiation.

As for the contract itself, including that $500,000 roster bonus — which was also in the previous version of the contract — Long would receive $3 million guaranteed this year instead of $1.5 million non-guaranteed plus $750,000 in easily achieved roster bonuses.

Long had five sacks and forced four fumbles last year as a rotational defensive end. He wound up playing 496 snaps, 10th-most on the defense and only about 10 per game fewer than starter and Pro Bowler Brandon Graham and five per game fewer than starter Vinny Curry, who the Eagles released.

Long, who turns 33 next week, has 63½ career sacks. His 5.0 sacks last year were his most since 2013. He's won back-to-back Super Bowls the last two years with the Eagles and Patriots.

What happens next?

Long has demonstrated that the money is secondary to him. He donated his entire 2017 base salary to charity.

At some point very soon, the Eagles will need him to decide whether he's even going to have a 2018 base salary.

Terrell Owens digs deep to find his Hall of Fame presenter

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Terrell Owens digs deep to find his Hall of Fame presenter

A day after we found out that Brian Dawkins picked Troy Vincent to introduce him at the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony this summer, Terrell Owens has picked his presenter. 

No surprise: It's not Donovan McNabb.

After alienating many people in the league throughout his tremendous career, Owens picked a name from his early days. Longtime NFL assistant coach George Stewart, who was Owens' receivers coach in San Francisco, will introduce T.O. at the 2018 induction. 

In a video released by the Hall of Fame, Owens said Stewart "knew what to get out of me."

Now special teams coordinator and assistant head coach for the Chargers, Stewart has been an NFL coach for three decades. He began his time in San Francisco in 1996 (Owens' rookie season) as a special teams coach but was their wide receivers coach from 2000-02.

"Things that George Stewart may say, it may be shocking to a lot of people, but not to him because he knows who I am," Owens said. "... To know who Terrell Owens is, you really have to spend some time with him. Fast forward, George Stewart became a father figure to me."

The first season Stewart became the 49ers' receivers coach, Owens went to his first of six Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro for the first of five times in his career. Owens was a Pro Bowler and an All-Pro in all three of the seasons that Stewart held the position in San Francisco. 

Of course, Owens' growth under Stewart led to his becoming one of the biggest stars in the NFL.

Eventually, Owens forced his way out of San Francisco and got to Philadelphia. With the Eagles, Owens had a short and tumultuous two seasons, but was also dynamic on the field and nearly helped them pull off a Super Bowl win over the Patriots. 

Owens averaged 93.5 receiving yards per game during his time in Philadelphia, the highest average in franchise history. It wasn't his play that led to his downfall in Philly. It was his beef with McNabb, along with his attempt to strong-arm the Eagles into a new contract. 

Owens was a divisive personality for his entire career. It's likely the reason it took him three tries to make it into the Hall of Fame. Because his numbers don't lie: He's one of the best receivers of all time.