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Doug Pederson indicates he'd like Jason Peters and Darren Sproles back in 2019

Doug Pederson indicates he'd like Jason Peters and Darren Sproles back in 2019

INDIANAPOLIS — Jason Peters turned 37 in January. Darren Sproles will turn 36 in June. 

Despite the fact that they were the two oldest players on the Eagles’ roster in 2018, head coach Doug Pederson on Wednesday from the NFL’s annual scouting combine, indicated he’d like to have them back in 2019. 

Jason Peters is a valuable part of our offense and our offensive line. If Jason Peters … it’s a lot like Darren Sproles. We’re kind of going down the same path with Darren Sproles. 

If these guys want an opportunity, you love both of them and you give them an opportunity. Jason, I feel, still has some opportunity for us. We’ll see where it goes, we’ll see where it ends up.

Neither Pederson nor Howie Roseman fully committed to Peters or Sproles being back next season. 

And while Pederson seems to be keen on a return of Peters and Sproles, the two respected veterans are in very different situations. Peters is under contract with a cap hit over $13 million in 2019, while Sproles is set to become a free agent on Mar. 13. Both are obviously at the age where the possibility of retirement is prevalent. 

With Peters, the Eagles could simply cut him and save over $10 million of cap space, but if they do that, who would play left tackle? The Eagles have Halapoulivaati Vaitai and Jordan Mailata, but Big V seemed to regress in 2018 and Mailata is still learning the game. Roseman added 2018 sixth-round pick Matt Pryor to the mix as well. But it seems very possible that Peters at left tackle is still the Eagles’ best bet next season. 

While Peters played in all 16 games in 2018, he came out of several games early as he dealt with a myriad of injuries throughout the season. 

I asked Roseman how they evaluate whether or not Peters can still be effective at his advanced age: 

He’s not a normal human being. He’s freaky. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer as a player and as a person. So normal rules don’t apply when it comes to Jason. 

Peters dealt with several injuries during last season, but the fact that he was still coming back from a torn ACL in 2017 shouldn’t be lost. Late in the season, Peters said he didn’t feel like himself at the start of the 2018 campaign. 

As for Sproles, his original intention was to retire after the 2018 season. He wanted to come back from a torn ACL and go out on his own terms, but a serious hamstring injury forced him to miss 10 games last season. So he’s played in just nine games in the last two years. 

Because of the hamstring injury, Sproles began to publicly rethink his decision to retire. Toward the end of the season, he showed he still had a little juice left. 

“I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t want Darren Sproles on their football team,” Roseman said. 

In general, the Eagles probably need to get younger. They had 12 guys on the roster in 2018 who are now 30. Even if they think they will be in contention for a title in 2019, they need to think about the future as well. There’s a balance, of course. 

And maybe they can get something out of their two oldest players for one more season.

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Eagle Eye podcast: Eagles still not ready to invest at linebacker

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Eagle Eye podcast: Eagles still not ready to invest at linebacker

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank is joined by a tired Dave Zangaro, still in Indianapolis at the combine. 

They guys break down Howie Roseman’s recent comments about the linebacker position and Howie’s radio remarks about the Jadeveon Clowney hit. 

The latest on Malcolm Jenkins, the proposed CBA and Rich Scangarello’s role in the Eagles’ offense. 

• Still not ready to spend on linebackers 
• Howie speaks out about Clowney’s hit
• Latest on the Malcolm Jenkins situation 
• A closer look at the proposed CBA and why it’s going to pass 
• Figuring out Rich Scangarello’s importance to the offense 
• And what if the Eagles bring back Alshon Jeffery? 

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NFL Free Agency: Eagles could face Jadeveon Clowney next year on NFC East rival

NFL Free Agency: Eagles could face Jadeveon Clowney next year on NFC East rival

Jadeveon Clowney is Public Enemy No. 1 for Eagles fans right now, after his dirty hit in the Wild Card round injured Carson Wentz and ended the Birds' playoff hopes.

Can you imagine facing Clowney twice in 2020? That might end up a reality, according to a report from none other than ESPN's Josina Anderson, another villain from the Wentz hit fallout.

Anderson reports that Clowney is opening to returning to the Seahawks in 2020, but is also open to other opportunities, and could be courted by an Eagles rival:

Ignoring the football implications for now - Clowney, antics aside, is good at football - let's think instead about the absolute mayhem that would meet Clowney when the Giants visited The Linc.

It would probably be... a lot. For a fanbase willing to boo its own guys, that's nothing compared to the wrath Philly fans unleash when they feel they've been wronged by a player, justified or not. Just ask Sidney Crosby how his last decade-plus of visits to this side of the state have been, without anything nearly as malicious on his rap sheet.

The entire organization was angry about the play, from guys like Jason Peters in the hours after the hit to Howie Roseman talking about its lingering effects just this week (see story), which means we'd likely see a fired-up team take the field in that first Giants game, especially if it happened to be at home, emotions swirling in the South Philly winds.

Roseman encapsulated most fans' feelings when he spoke at the NFL Combine on Wednesday:

We thought that was a foul. We’re sick to our stomach about the way our season ended for our team and Carson in particular. (...) Doug’s sick. Jeffery’s sick about it. Our whole organization is sick about it. We’re there, we have a home playoff game, eight plays in? Come on.

Luckily for Eagles fans seeking to voice their frustration, even if Clowney goes back to Seattle, he'll still visit the Linc next year. But it would be doubly satisfying to beat him while he plays for a division rival.

Can you imagine the roar of the crowd as Wentz spins out of a Clowney sack attempt, rolls to his right, and rifles a pass to Dallas Goedert to go up by two scores? The Linc might not survive.

We'll see what happens.

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