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Antonio Brown and agent talk about Eagles’ interest before trade to Raiders

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Antonio Brown and agent talk about Eagles’ interest before trade to Raiders

It seems like the Eagles were interested in Antonio Brown after all. 

Well, at least AB was interested in the Eagles. 

During Brown’s first podcast, “The Boomin Experience,” he included a conversation he had with his agent Drew Rosenhaus before the Steelers-Raiders trade was consummated. Rosenhaus told Brown the teams who were interested in him were Philly, New England, Tennessee, Washington, Buffalo and Oakland. The trade to the Bills fell apart and Rosenhaus said he wouldn’t even discuss terms with the Bills because Brown didn’t want to play there. Here’s the full clip. 

At one point, when talking about the Eagles, Brown said, “Carson Wentz? That’s a win-win.” 

Brown and Rosenhaus talked at length about the importance of going to a winning team and Rosenhaus said he wanted to push the Patriots and the Eagles to the top of the list. 

Here’s a bit of the conversation: 

Brown: What’s up with Oakland? 

Rosenhaus: Oakland, I think, is fading man. I kind of get the sense that they’re fading a little bit. It sounds that way from what I’m hearing around the league, AB. 

Brown: Philly got a first-round pick? 

Rosenhaus: I think they have to give up at least two first-round picks to get into the first spot. Other teams are trying to get there, AB. 

Brown: It’s amazing. 

Rosenhaus: It’s competitive. If it's not the Raiders, then we'll make it work with the Eagles, or the Patriots, or the Titans.

Brown: Are the Patriots ready, too, huh?

Rosenhaus: The Patriots are in the mix. I put Belichick in touch with (Steelers GM) Kevin Colbert today.

Brown: How is a decision going to come down? Is it going to come down to what club willing to give up the most?

Rosenhaus: From the Steelers' standpoint, that's what they want. They want the most compensation. I really want you to have a good quarterback ... a winning environment, man. New England and Philadelphia, these are two of the last Super Bowl champs. ...

Brown: 100 percent. 

The Raiders pulled off a trade for Brown and then gave him a new mega contract, while the Eagles traded for DeSean Jackson and then gave him a new three-year contract. Jackson definitely fits what the Eagles needed, a deep threat who can stretch the field. But Brown has been the best receiver in the league over the last half decade.

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With Jason Peters, Eagles getting much more than just a right guard replacement

With Jason Peters, Eagles getting much more than just a right guard replacement

A month ago, just hours after Brandon Brooks blew out his Achilles, I wrote this: 

"Jason Peters doesn't have a job, and the Eagles don't have a right guard. This is a no-brainer."

And I also wrote this: 

"Howie Roseman should be on the phone right now with Peters, offering him a few million bucks to return to Philly and reinvent himself as a guard."

Nice to see Howie's listening!

Peters is back to play right guard, and that's great news for the Eagles.

Nothing against Matt Pryor, who I think would have done a capable job at right guard if he got the call and has a nice future ahead of him.

But Jason Peters is in an entirely different class. It's not often you lose a 3-time Pro Bowler and get to replace him with a 9-time Pro Bowler.

Peters is 38 and going into his 18th season, but this is not a normal human being. There is zero question Peters can not only handle right guard but also thrive there.

It makes sense in so many ways.

Peters may not have the quickness and athleticism he had in his prime, but he's still as powerful as ever, and moving from tackle to guard there's less of a premium on movement and running and footwork and more of a premium on strength and power. 

J.P. is a football player more than he is a tackle or a guard. He's a student of the game, and if two decades working under people like Juan Castillo and Jeff Stoutland doesn't prepare you for a position switch, nothing can.

The Eagles get a lot out of this deal. They get a mentor for the young offensive linemen. They get an emergency left tackle if something happens with Andre Dillard. They get a future Hall of Famer in between Jason Kelce and Lane Johnson. And they get one of the team's biggest inspirational leaders back in the locker room.

And Peters gets to extend a career that's been in limbo since the Eagles cut ties with him back in March.

If it's 3rd-and-2 and you're running Miles Sanders behind Kelce, Peters and Johnson, I like your chances.

The big question with a position switch like this is always whether the guy really wants to make the change. If your heart isn't in it, you won't succeed.

Left tackle may have more cachet than right guard, but for Peters, it's never been about his ego. The guy's made nine Pro Bowls, and he's going to the Hall of Fame. He's secure with his legacy.

The dude just loves to compete and he loves to win, and now he has the chance to do that again.

"As long as I can do it, I'm going to (play)," Peters said last summer. "Whether that's tackle or guard, I can play all the way across the board." 

There are a lot of people out there who aren't J.P. believers anymore. Too many penalties, too many injuries.

And I get that. But moving inside will eliminate a lot of those concerns. And it's not like everybody else on the team has been healthy the last few years. 

Peters finished strong last year and that was encouraging. He missed those three games against the Cowboys, Bills and Bears with a knee injury, but the last eight games he missed six of 599 snaps and played at a high level during the stretch run.

If the price of having a Hall of Fame backup right guard is a few false starts and a handful of missed snaps here and there? I can live with that.

And if anybody can go in and play a new position without OTAs, minicamps or preseason games, it's Jason Peters. 

"I still can get it done," Peters said after last season ended. "If I couldn't get it done, I would just walk away. But I can still go."

This is a move that had to be made. And if you don't think he can pull it off? Then you just don't know Jason Peters.

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Eagles players react to Jason Peters returning with new position in 2020

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Eagles players react to Jason Peters returning with new position in 2020

The Eagles started Tuesday with a bang, signing Jason Peters to a one-year deal to play guard.

The deal, which guarantees $3 million and can reach up to $6 million according to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Dave Zangaro, is likely a response to the Brandon Brooks injury. But it's relatively cost-friendly, and Peters is a fan favorite, so it's still easy to feel good about the move.

He's also, of course, a locker room favorite, and Eagles players took to social media on Tuesday with an outpouring of excitement as Peters returns for his 12th (!) year in Philadelphia.

The franchise quarterback made it clear he's thrilled to see Peters return:

Jason Kelce gave his stamp of approval on Instagram:

Peters' return means 2020 will mark the tenth year he and Kelce spend together on the Eagles' O-line. Truly remarkable.

Lane Johnson is, of course, pumped to have his best buddy back:

If Peters does indeed play right guard this year, he and Johnson will line up right next to each other when the Eagles have the ball. What a sight that'll be.

Miles Sanders and Greg Ward Jr. both entered the Eagles' Instagram comments to shout excitedly about the news:

Peters started 13 games last year, helping Sanders run for 800 yards and giving Carson Wentz time to find Ward down field. It's not a surprise that the two second-year players are pumped to have Peters' veteran presence back in the locker room in 2020.

Elsewhere on Instagram, Johnson reiterated his respect for Peters' career, linebacker Nathan Gerry did the same, and fourth-year defensive end Daeshon Hall just sounded thrilled:

Time, and Peters' body, will tell if the move was the right one, but for now things seem pretty rosy in Eagles land.

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