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Lane Johnson thinks Eagles may bring Jason Peters back

Lane Johnson thinks Eagles may bring Jason Peters back

Six weeks after free agency started, Jason Peters still doesn’t have a job.

And Lane Johnson, his longtime teammate, thinks he may find one back in Philadelphia.

Peters, the nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle, became an unrestricted free agent in mid-March but remains unsigned six weeks later.

Johnson told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark he thinks there’s a chance the Eagles re-sign Peters.

“I think there’s always a chance,” Johnson said. “Really, right now, all we have is time. We’ll see what happens, I wouldn’t rule it out.”

Peters got here in 2010 and Johnson in 2013 and they spent most of the last seven years as bookend tackles, although Peters missed the 2012 season and Johnson was suspended for 10 games in 2016.

When they both played, the Eagles made the playoffs in five out of six seasons.

Andre Dillard started three games at left tackle last year as a rookie first-round pick and held his own, although a late-season start at right tackle when Johnson was hurt was a disaster.

“I think Andre will be ready,” Johnson said.  “Just like me, coming in, I had some ups and downs in my rookie year. But that’s when you learn the most. As far as athleticism, I think he’ll be ready"

But even if Dillard remains the starter, the Eagles could bring back Peters as a backup. They did draft Auburn offensive tackles Jack Driscoll and Prince Tega Wanogho on Day 3 of the draft Saturday, but they have no experienced backups. Jordan Mailata, who’s never played an NFL snap, is back for his third year, and Matt Pryor could work in at tackle.

As long as the Eagles don’t feel like Peters’ presence would somehow negatively affect Dillard, it could make sense for both parties.

“He’s training, he’s staying ready,” Johnson said. “I’d like to have him back. I’d be lying if I said I don’t miss the big guy."

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On the latest Eagle Eye podcast, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro get together after the NFL’s opt-out period is over. 

The Eagles had just one player opt out of the 2020 season. Exploring more questions about having a season and Doug Pederson’s role as a virtual coach. 

Is it really a good year to be an undrafted free agent? Plus, takeaways from interviews with Rodney McLeod, Jalen Mills and Fletcher Cox. 

  • (0:29) — Deadline passes with only 1 Eagle known to be opting out.
  • (12:23) — Doug Pederson is still leading the team... virtually.
  • (18:06) — Good year for undrafted free agents?
  • (25:31) — Takeaways from zoom interviews with Jalen Mills, Rodney McLeod, and Fletcher Cox.
  • (42:48) — Shady signs with Tampa Bay.

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Deadline passes with only 1 Eagle known to be opting out

Deadline passes with only 1 Eagle known to be opting out

The NFL’s opt-out deadline passed Thursday afternoon with no word of any additional Eagles electing to skip the 2020 season because of COVID-19 concerns.

As of 4 p.m. EST, only wide receiver Marquis Goodwin had announced he’s opting out. 

The Eagles acquired Goodwin in a draft-day trade with the 49ers, and while he wasn’t expected to be a starter his 140 career receptions are second-most among the Eagles’ healthy receivers.

League-wide, it appears 66 players opted out. 

With most teams carrying 80 players on the roster, that represents about 2 1/2 percent of NFL players.

In the NFC East, the Giants and Cowboys lost three apiece and Washington lost two. 

Teams losing the most players are the Patriots [8], Browns [5] and the Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Giants, Jaguars, Jets, Lions and Raiders [3 each].

Three teams appear to have no opt-outs: The Chargers, Falcons and Steelers. The Eagles are among nine teams to lose one player. Ten teams had two opt-outs.

Players who opt out who have been determined by the NFL to be at risk because of a specific pre-existing condition receive a $350,000 stipend from the league and receive a year of pension credit toward free agency and benefits. 

Those who are considered not at risk receive $150,000 that is essentially an advance on their 2021 salary and they do not accrue a year of pension credit. If players in this category don’t make a roster next year, they must return the money.

Goodwin, who is considered not at risk, had 962 yards for the 49ers in 2017 but has just 35 catches for 581 yards the last two years. 

Several Eagles starters who were made available to the Philly media over the past week said they talked about opting out with family members before electing not to.

I think everyone in the back of their mind was wondering, ‘What does this look like for me safety-wise, what does this look like for my family safety-wise?’ Carson Wentz said. “And I was no different. I think, definitely, the health and safety of my family definitely is different than I think a lot of guys that are maybe single and don’t have wives or kids and those things, and you definitely have to take all those factors in. You never know how this is going to fully unfold, but I feel safe here and it was something that my wife and I talked a lot about and prayed a lot about, and we feel good with our decision but at the same time completely respect the guys that did decide to opt out for personal reasons, family reasons, health reasons. Like Marquis Goodwin, I fully respect his decision. Obviously I’m bummed I’m not going to be able to play with him but fully respect those guys’ decisions.

Rodney McLeod echoed Wentz: “It was a conversation I had with my wife, but I think looking at all the protocols that were put into place here we felt confident that this is probably one of the safer environments you could be in between these walls. Marquis Goodwin had to do what was best for his family and I understand that and we support him fully for that decision.”

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