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09:25 AM ET 03.31 | As the Eagles scramble to replace left tackle Jason Peters, they've predictably shown interest in one of the top tackles still on the market. Agent Alvin Keels tells PFT via email that the Eagles have reached out regarding former Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill. Keels said it's too early to say whether the Eagles' interest in McNeill is serious.

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March 31, 2012  09:41 AM ET

I hate the Iggles... But I hate the injury to Peters.

March 31, 2012  09:43 AM ET

The problem is that he's missed 12 games in the past two seasons. He has had two knee surgeries, a serious neck injury and could not finish last year.

If healthy, great OT. I guess it would be a gamble, the Eagles have 2 second round picks. They can move up in the draft if they are serious. But rookie left tackles are a gamble too.

March 31, 2012  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I hate the Iggles... But I hate the injury to Peters.

Whats not to hate?

March 31, 2012  09:48 AM ET

First they have to Dump Asante!!!

March 31, 2012  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The problem is that he's missed 12 games in the past two seasons. He has had two knee surgeries, a serious neck injury and could not finish last year.If healthy, great OT. I guess it would be a gamble, the Eagles have 2 second round picks. They can move up in the draft if they are serious. But rookie left tackles are a gamble too.

If he had anything left he wouldn't be a Free Agent...

I'd trust the Chargers on this one...

I heard J. Trotter on ESPN Philly yesterday saying they could move one of the Guards over to Tackle and draft a Guard (later)...

Makes sense - cause the Eagles have plenty of spots to fill with the top picks.

March 31, 2012  09:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

First they have to Dump Asante!!!

Actually, they still have cap room this year.
They are looking at back up QBs right now, this changes some things. I suspect Vick is not too happy either, he has a hard time staying on the field and this is no help.

March 31, 2012  09:55 AM ET
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If he had anything left he wouldn't be a Free Agent...I'd trust the Chargers on this one...I heard J. Trotter on ESPN Philly yesterday saying they could move one of the Guards over to Tackle and draft a Guard (later)...Makes sense - cause the Eagles have plenty of spots to fill with the top picks.

In a division with Ware and JP Paul coming at that LT position ?
They traded for Peters for a reason and the bills had no choice with FA coming up on him. Have to wonder if you ever really recover from achilles surgery.

March 31, 2012  09:59 AM ET

My Birds are snake bitten.

Oh, well hopefully the Phils or Flyers can come through.

March 31, 2012  10:02 AM ET
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...They are looking at back up QBs right now...

Another Dream Teamer.

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March 31, 2012  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

My Birds are snake bitten.Oh, well hopefully the Phils or Flyers can come through.

Phils are hurtin and when was the last time the Flyers came through for you?

I work in Princeton, so I get to hear the Philly Fans cry to Tony Bruno everyday :-)

March 31, 2012  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If he had anything left he wouldn't be a Free Agent...I'd trust the Chargers on this one...I heard J. Trotter on ESPN Philly yesterday saying they could move one of the Guards over to Tackle and draft a Guard (later)...Makes sense - cause the Eagles have plenty of spots to fill with the top picks.

Not sure about that. Has any team really had great success moving interior lineman out on the perimeter?

March 31, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Not sure about that. Has any team really had great success moving interior lineman out on the perimeter?

The Giants have been pretty good about having interchangeable O-Linemen.

None of them would be mistaken for Anthony Munoz - but they get the job done.

March 31, 2012  10:24 AM ET

I'd rather they make a trade with someone than take this risk.

March 31, 2012  10:42 AM ET

I hope they get somebody before the draft. Dont wanna see them reaching for somebody at 15

March 31, 2012  10:47 AM ET

It would take too much imo to trade up into Kahlil's range and i dont want them to trade up for Reiff. If he's there at 15 great, but he's not good enough to spend multiple picks on. Based on what ive heard anyways

March 31, 2012  10:55 AM ET

Jason Peters has five months to recover before the season starts. He won't be ready for the season opener but he won't miss the entire season. Philadelphia only needs a guy who can step in and play the first half of the season.

Using a high draft pick on a left tackle to play the early part of the early half of the season and then be Jason Peters benchwarmer indefinitely doesn't make a whole lot of sense. And a late round draft pick likely won't be up to speed by opening day.

Looking to free agency for a dependable veteran makes the most sense. But they need a guy more durable than McNeill.

March 31, 2012  10:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

If he had anything left he wouldn't be a Free Agent...I'd trust the Chargers on this one...I heard J. Trotter on ESPN Philly yesterday saying they could move one of the Guards over to Tackle and draft a Guard (later)...Makes sense - cause the Eagles have plenty of spots to fill with the top picks.

UH OH Watkins played LT in college, but he struggled enough as it is last year just playing RG

Scared of Mathis this year as well at LG let alone LT. I think his game was elevated from playing alongside Peters. He is built in the Howard Mudd mold but i think LT is too much to expect from him

March 31, 2012  10:58 AM ET

I'd rather see them package Asante Samuel into a trade for a veteran left tackle.

 
March 31, 2012  10:59 AM ET
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Jason Peters has five months to recover before the season starts. He won't be ready for the season opener but he won't miss the entire season. Philadelphia only needs a guy who can step in and play the first half of the season.Using a high draft pick on a left tackle to play the early part of the early half of the season and then be Jason Peters benchwarmer indefinitely doesn't make a whole lot of sense. And a late round draft pick likely won't be up to speed by opening day.Looking to free agency for a dependable veteran makes the most sense. But they need a guy more durable than McNeill.

Achilles can take up to 12 months to recover from and the NFL average is 11 months. Fingers crossed for a 6 month recovery but the Eagles still need to plan for the worst just in case

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