Soon-to-be-free-agent Jason Peters makes complete sense for the New York Jets, as Nania’s Numbers explains.
On Thursday, it was reported that the Philadelphia Eagles are not planning to retain nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters once he hits the free-agent market and that the 38-year old is planning to play in what would be his 17th NFL season.
Tennessee Titans’ right tackle Jack Conklin has drawn most of the attention as the premier free agent tackle that the Jets should be chasing, but Peters could be a superior investment for a variety of reasons.
1. Potential short-term upgrade
Peters is one of the all-time great left tackles, and even with nearly two decades under his belt, he has not shown any signs of slowing down. If Peters can continue performing around the same level he did for the Eagles in 2019, he is simply a better player at left tackle than Conklin is at right tackle.
Regression is undoubtedly in play for a player closing in on 40 years old, but the next subpar season Peters has will be his first. Over Pro Football Focus’ 14 years of tracking, Peters has never ranked in the bottom half among qualified tackles in overall grade.
What was Edoga’s pass blocking efficiency while lined up on the right side?
5 starts (143 protection snaps) at RT: 12 pressures allowed, 4 of those sacks. PBE of 94.4, which would rank 77th/84 out of all tackles over the whole season
3 starts (127 protection snaps) at LT: 10 pressures allowed, 2 of those sacks. PBE of 95.3, which would rank 65th/84. So not a huge difference
So, still not great. Not sure why the team sees him as a solution at RT.