Howie Roseman on Saturday afternoon confirmed that the Eagles are bringing in veteran offensive tackle Cordy Glenn for a tryout, but it’s a lengthy process.
At the time of Roseman’s Zoom call, the Eagles hadn’t even gotten to work out the veteran left tackle or sit down with him. There are two days of COVID-19 tests before that can even happen.
So Roseman truthfully didn’t know if Glenn is the answer to the Eagles’ current situation at left tackle.
That current situation, of course, is that the Eagles lost their starting left tackle to a torn biceps. They have a Hall of Fame left tackle playing right guard and they haven’t moved him over. Just like Doug Pederson earlier in the week, Roseman did not deny reports that Jason Peters wants more money to play left tackle in 2020.
“You know, in terms of Jason Peters, the guy has been here 11 years, right? We made the trade in 2009, so 11 years,” Roseman said. “I don't know that I've ever met anyone who cares more about the team, bleeds green, cares about protecting players on and off the field, doing whatever it takes.
“So like this whole conversation about Jason that I guess is out there that like he doesn't want to do this or he doesn't want to do that or there's stubbornness on one side or another; the relationship with us and him has been special. The thing that you see when you see Jason Peters is that he can really do anything. So obviously he has played left tackle at a high level, at a Hall of Fame level and then you watch him play right guard and he's doing an amazing job there and we're used to having a Pro Bowl quality player at that spot, too.
“I think for us, we know that we have to look at all these options and figure out what's in the best interest of the team and that's what we're doing right now. We're looking at all those options. I know Jason was here this morning on an off day and he's excited and we're excited. So I don't think there's a dynamic there that's at play at all."
I get that Pederson and Roseman are in tough situations. They have an all-time great player who is in the middle of a quasi holdout because he wants more money to play left tackle. But let’s not get it twisted. Roseman, like everyone else, realizes the Eagles would be better off right now with Peters at left tackle.
On Saturday, Roseman said they’ll take a look at Glenn, said Matt Pryor hasn’t had enough snaps there and that they’re “excited about” Jordan Mailata’s progress.
“Again, we are talking about Jason Peters being a Hall of Famer, Andre Dillard was a first-round pick,” Roseman said. “So we had a situation that we were incredibly comfortable (with) for a long time but we are looking at all those options."
The Eagles have a week to figure it out.