Philadelphia Eagles Not as Smart as I Thought

Apr 20, 2009

I was quick to commend Andy Reid and the Eagles for trading their #28 pick to Buffalo for Jason Peters.  To me Left Tackle is one of the most important positions on a football team.  While I still think it was a good trade, you have to look at the big picture. 

My brother, who is a totally NFL Draft junkie, reminded me that the Eagles traded their first round pick last year (19th overall) to Carolina for the 43rd pick and a 2009 first round pick.  Philadelphia dealt the 43rd pick  and 152nd pick to Minnesota and took Trevor Laws with the 47th pick and Quentin Demps with the 117th pick.

Philadelphia in turn traded the 28th pick they acquired from Carolina for Peters.  Peters is a Pro Bowl Tackle in his prime, but the player Carolina drafted with the 19th pick last year was Jeff Otah, a 6’6″, 330 LB Tackle, who helped pave the way for the league’s best rushing attack (factoring in rushing TDs).  Otah will turn 23 this summer.  He signed for $14 million ($8.9 million guaranteed) over five years.  Meanwhile, Peters will cost the Eagles $60 million over six years.  Sorry to rain on your parade Big Red, but wouldn’t you be sitting a heck of a lot prettier with Otah?  You could do a lot with that $46 million.  Not to mention the animosity that that big deal might cause in the locker room.

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Big Dog JP
    April 20th, 2009 at 11:23 am #

    Interesting point. Otah is 5 years younger and a lot cheaper.
    They totally could have saved millions by drafting Otah and used it elsewhere.

    The NFC South is not exactly known for their defense, specifically atlanta and new orleans. tampa bay is the exception. Also, Carolina played the afc west + detroit which had the worst defenses.

    It will be exciting to see what Peters can do against NFC East defenses this year.

  2. CK0712
    April 20th, 2009 at 11:24 am #

    i didn’t like it when it went down. i understand the importance of the position…….but really in andy’s 10+ in philly the only thing he’s done right is Donovan…….now the question that everyone avoids is “what’s up with donovan’s contract”

    no one knows…………………….

    can we trade a coach……LMAO!

  3. LestersLegends
    April 20th, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    Good point about the D’s Carolina played. I still think it was a great move for the Birds, but that is a lot of money that could have been invested.

  4. LestersLegends
    April 20th, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    CK – Chuck was traded in essence from Oakland to Tampa. LOL. Don’t think anyone is buying Andy though. Yeah, you dont’ hear about McNabb’s contract, other than you of course.

  5. Kevin from Philly
    April 20th, 2009 at 11:47 am #

    Well, if Andy (or anybody) could see the future, then yeah – you could criticize him for not getting the best value out of the deal. What if Carolina went in the toilet, though? Maybe they’d be able to take the kid from Baylor on Saturday. At least they took a shot. The takeaway is that, yes, they have a young LT for maybe 5-7 years. I’m good with that.

  6. CK0712
    April 20th, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    i can see the future, it’s so bright i gotta wear shades :)

  7. LestersLegends
    April 20th, 2009 at 12:05 pm #

    It ended up being a bad trade so I can criticize the move. You could have signed Houshmandzadeh for the amount of money that was left on the table for instance.

  8. LestersLegends
    April 20th, 2009 at 12:08 pm #

    LOL CK.

  9. Big Dog JP
    April 20th, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

  10. LestersLegends
    April 20th, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

    Better duck. Things are hitting the fan.

  11. CK0712
    April 20th, 2009 at 5:58 pm #


    matt told me about this, i find it amusing how quickly the eagles FO forgets it’s veteran players. Oh & please spare me the high horse ca ca…..i’ve been following the eagles for so long: i can honestly say i’ve really had enough.

    thank you,
    Dawks Bitch

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