Eagles trade for tackle Jason Peters

April 19, 2009 at 10:02 PM
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PHILADELPHIA, April 19 (UPI) -- The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired two-time Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters from Buffalo to help rebuild their offensive line, the team said.

The Bills received three draft picks in the deal -- the 28th overall selection in 2009, a fourth-round selection in 2009 and an undisclosed pick in 2010.

The 6-foot-4 inch, 340-pound Peters went undrafted in 2004 after playing at Arkansas. He was angered by the Bills because he was unhappy about his contract, but with the Eagles, he will receive $60 million in six years -- $25 million guaranteed.

In Philadelphia, he joins former college teammate Shawn Andrews and replaces 1998 first-round pick Tra Thomas, who signed a free agent contract with Jacksonville last month.

At Arkansas, Andrews played left tackle, while Peters was a tight end.

"The bottom line is we have a group of good, young players here that we feel can come out and handle the great competition in the NFC East from a defensive line standpoint," Coach Andy Reid said.

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