Next Tuesday, the NFL will announce the Pro Bowl selections for the 2009 season. Left tackle Jason Peters' nomination would certainly help validate the Eagles' decision to trade for him. Peters believes that he deserves the honor.
"For me, yes, but it's not my decision," Peters said. "It's the players and the coaches and the fans. I'm going to leave it in their hands. If not? That's what I'll work for next year."
The Eagles gave up quite a bit to acquire Peters from the Buffalo Bills in the off-season. They shipped three draft picks (including a first-round selection) to Buffalo to obtain his rights and then signed Peters to a hefty six-year contract.
The bold move was necessary. Longtime left tackle Tra Thomas signed with the Jaguars in free agency. Peters, already a two-time Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro at just 27 years old, was an ideal replacement.
Peters has battled injuries in training camp and during the regular season. He missed the loss at San Diego with an ankle injury and parts of three other games due to ailments. The difference Peters has made for this team was evident in the Nov. 8 loss to Dallas. Peters suffered an ankle sprain in the first quarter. With Peters sidelined, All-Pro outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware was generating pressure on quarterback Donovan McNabb. Once Peters returned, silence.
The Eagles have won five straight games and Peters played in all of those except for a period of the Falcons win after he suffered head and neck injuries while making a cut block.
The Eagles have the second-best scoring offense in the league this season and are on pace to set the franchise record for most points in a single season. In addition, the Eagles have scored the most points in the two-minute offense and the most points on the first drive of a game in the NFL this season.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 4:16 p.m., December 24