There seems to be some thought that the Bills might want to move offensive tackle Jason Peters. Reports from the Buffalo News say that the sides are way far apart, and that the team may very well trade him:
The Buffalo Bills and Jason Peters still are a long way apart in negotiations on a new contract. Peters and the Bills, in fact, may be more than $3 million-a-year apart on their offers toward a long-term contract, league sources have told The News.
There still is plenty of time for the two sides to negotiate, if both sides are committed to getting a deal done. However, the fact last year’s talks went nowhere raises the prospect of another stalemate between the Bills and Peters. The NFL Draft is six weeks away. If the Bills are not closer to a deal as the draft approaches, they could opt to trade their most talented offensive lineman. It’s believed Peters wants to be the highest-paid left tackle in the NFL.
It’s rare for an elite left tackle to hit the trade market or the free-agent market, and it’s likely the Bills would be able to find some suitors for Peters willing to deal. There already has been speculation that Philadelphia would be interested. The Eagles have a gaping hole at left tackle after losing veteran Tra Thomas to Jacksonville in free agency. Philadelphia also is flush with trade ammunition.
The Eagles have two No. 1 picks (Nos. 21 and 28), four fifth-rounders and a league-high 11 picks overall. There are numerous other teams with a need at tackle, including Arizona, Seattle, St. Louis, Green Bay and Detroit.
Peters sat out all of training camp last season, and while he said already that he wouldn’t do that again in 2009, he still wants a big new deal that would keep him a happy camper with the Bills a long-time to come.