2017 Eagles Cost Analysis, OTs: Jason Peters still worth the money

2017 Eagles Cost Analysis, OTs: Jason Peters still worth the money

With a cap number in excess of $11 million, Jason Peters is currently the most expensive player on the Eagles roster for 2017 — and he's still worth every penny.

Peters is coming off of his ninth Pro Bowl selection, and unlike last season, it wasn't a token invite. He legitimately rebounded from a down year plagued by injuries and performed like one of the best left tackles in the NFL. Peters received the eighth-highest cumulative grade at his position in 2016 from Pro Football Focus, so while he wasn't as dominant as once before, the 13-year veteran was highly effective.

Even if he was only the eighth-best left tackle in the league last season, as it turns out, that's actually right in line with his salary. According to OverTheCap, Peters' cap hit for '17 ranks seventh among left tackles, while five come within a million dollars.

So while Peters is making a lot of money, it's neither an unusually large sum for his position or a player of his caliber. If anything, he might be able to ask the Eagles for MORE.

It is interesting that coach Doug Pederson and director of player personnel Howie Roseman both have said they would like Peters back but haven't spoken as if that's inevitable. Maybe they're simply allowing for the possibility he would retire, although there's no indication that's the plan. Maybe the Eagles intend to ask him to take a pay cut. Or maybe Peters' agent is making overtures about the need to renegotiate a contract that expires in 2018.

Whatever the case may be, having Peters back at or around his current rate makes sense for both parties. He's not overpaid, but given his age, he's not underpaid, either. There might be a case here for a short extension which gives him some financial guarantee beyond '17 — as of now, the Eagles could cut Peters next season and save all but $1 million against the cap.

So long as Peters isn't looking for a huge raise, there shouldn't be a problem. Regardless, it certainly seems as if something could be afoot with his contract this offseason.

OFFENSIVE TACKLES UNDER CONTRACT

Jason Peters
Age: 35*
Cap Number: $11,200,000

In case your concern is saving money in 2017 rather than providing Carson Wentz with the best protection money can buy, the Eagles could recoup all but $2 million of Peters' cap hit if he's moved. That cash isn't going to do a whole lot of good though when the franchise quarterback gets folded into a pretzel. Yes, Lane Johnson could move to left tackle, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai can take over on the right. Of course, that's a lot to entrust to Vaitai, a fifth-round draft pick who started six games as a rookie. Not only that, but such a move would instantly decimate the club's depth at tackle, which was suddenly beginning to look pretty good. It's probably a lot smarter to pay Peters now and continue drafting and restocking the talent pool behind him.

Lane Johnson
Age: 27*
Cap Number: $10,000,000

The Eagles' record in 2016 with Lane Johnson: 5-1. Without him: 2-8. Obviously, the reason for such a drastic switch is a little more nuanced than one player, but there's no question Johnson made a big difference, especially as injuries mounted and the offense began cycling through replacements. While that's a lot of money to be paying a right tackle — his cap hit is over $2 million more than the next player at his position — the plan is to move him to the left eventually. The Eagles might be hesitant to put too much stock in that happening, as Johnson's next suspension for performance enhancing drugs will cost him a full season. Then again, at least that latest ban gives the club financial flexibility, as it reportedly allows his guaranteed money to be avoided in the event of his release. Regardless, fingers are crossed upstairs that Johnson's troubles are behind him.

Matt Tobin
Age: 27*
Cap Number: $900,000

Matt Tobin wound up getting a two-year contract extension last offseason because it was cheaper than his restricted free-agent tender. Yet it was still somewhat surprising when he made the 53-man roster. "Serviceable" is about the best possible compliment you could give Tobin's work at either tackle or guard. He was also used as a third tight end quite a bit in power situations in '16, though he didn't make himself irreplaceable in that role, either. Tobin can get the offense by for a game or two in a pinch, but it might be time to look at younger options with more upside. All but $50,000 of his cap hit turns into savings in the event he doesn't make the team.

Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Age: 24*
Cap Number: $596,281

Vaitai got thrown to the wolves in his first NFL start against Washington in Week 6. Instead of giving the rookie right tackle plenty of help and easing him into the game with a run-first game plan, the Eagles came out throwing and left him singled up with the likes of linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. Predictably, Vaitai looked lost and overmatched while Wentz got mauled for a good portion of the afternoon. Vaitai settled down as the contest wore on — though not before the Redskins built a decent lead — and gradually improved as the weeks went on until he was sidelined by a knee injury. It wasn't enough of a body of work to feel completely comfortable with turning the job over to him in year two, but the Eagles definitely appear to have a prospect and potential future starter on their hands here. Not bad for a fifth-round draft pick.

Malcolm Brogdon is gonna be the most hilarious Process Enemy ever

Malcolm Brogdon is gonna be the most hilarious Process Enemy ever

Be honest: You knew this was going to happen. Joel Embiid only played 31 games. Dario Saric was only good for half a season and ended the year on a bum note. Both of them played for a bottom-five NBA team. Malcoln Brogdon put up 75 games' worth of competent-plus numbers for a team that made the playoffs. Him winning Rookie of the Year at Monday night's first-ever NBA Awards was as inevitable as Drake making a joke about his Instagram exes during the opening monlogue, and even hours before it was announced, it seemed like Sixers Twitter was getting testy in anticipation. 

But you know what? It's fine. No, I don't believe Malcolm Brogdon deserved to win over Joel Embiid by any stretch of the imagination -- Dario's case is a little more arguable than we'd probably want to acknowledge -- and I agree with everyone else cackling over how ridiculous Brogdon beating Embiid is gonna seem five years, five months, five JoJo tweets from now. But I'm also kinda looking forward to those next five years, because The Process just got itself a hilariously innocuous new mortal enemy. 

By most accounts, Brogdon seems like a pretty harmless dude. He seems destined to be the 15th best point guard in the league -- the kind of guy who'll get traded in a package for a legit star at least three times in his career by a team attempting to go over the top. His understandable reaction upon accepting the Rookie of the Year award was the slightly over-eager excitement of a guy who hasn't had to give a ton of acceptance speeches in his life; not exactly the coolest dude on the block, but one you can't really hate on either. 

                        [Sixers Twitter shuts down Bucks' Rookie of the Year bragging]

Well, unless you're a Sixers fan. If Sixers fans have demonstrated one thing over the past four seasons, it's that it's not particularly hard for us to hate on anyone, and a well-meaning rookie point guard with a hearty smile is as easy a target as the next. And now, Malcolm Brogdon will feel the true wrath of Process pettiness. 

When Malcolm Brogdon takes the floor at the Wells Fargo Center next year, he will be booed. When Malcolm Brogdon steps in a Wawa next year, he will be booed. If Malcolm Brogdon attempts to stream a song by Hall & Oates or Boyz II Men next year, he will be booed by his Spotify account. Verily, Malcolm Brogdon's NBA existence is about to be very largely defined by just how much hot air the Philly Phaithful is gonna expend just so he never forgets our outrage over how he had the temerity to win an award that one time. (And actually showed up to accept it!)

It's gonna be a lot of fun -- not like the next few seasons will likely be lacking in fun to begin with -- and at the end of the day, we'll probably get far more joy out of Brogdon's Sixers supervillainy than we would have in a single statue in Embiid's soon-to-be-very-cramped trophy case. JoJo himself seems fine with the L, and that's because he knows he has us behind to pick up the vengeful slack. That's what us Process Trusters are good for: We're bitter, stupid and endlessly vindictive so you don't have to be.

Sixers Twitter shuts down Bucks' Rookie of the Year bragging

Sixers Twitter shuts down Bucks' Rookie of the Year bragging

Like an elephant, Sixers Twitter never forgets.

That was evident when fans of the Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast made #RTArmageddon trend in the United States on Twitter when the Sixers traded up for the first pick in the 2017 NBA draft by retweeting old takes on the team.

Those same they fans won’t soon forget the shade the Milwaukee Bucks Twitter account threw after Malcolm Brogdon was named Rookie of the Year on Monday night (see story).

After Brogdon was tabbed ROY, the Bucks tweeted out these two barbs at the Sixers and their fans.

This did not go over well.

This comes exactly one week after the Sixers’ Twitter account laughed at the Bucks throwing shade at “The Process.”

With some of the best and brightest stars in the NBA on both rosters, could a rivalry of sorts be brewing between the teams? 

The jury is still out on that, but you better believe Sixers fans on Twitter will not forget the shade thrown from the Bucks over the past week.

This Twitter war has just begun.