Chicago Bears: Ryan Pace must call on these two Pro Bowl linemen

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Chicago Bears, Jason Peters
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Jason Peters – LT

The Chicago Bears have another option. If Pace decides not to make a trade for Trent Williams, then he could still find a way to land a Pro Bowl left tackle in free agency. The Eagles have decided to part ways with Jason Peters. Jason Peters has nine Pro Bowls notched on his belt. The biggest concern with Peters is his age. He will be 38 years old during the 2020 season.

That did not stop him from being successful last year though and maybe Pace can convince him to sign a two-year deal? Peters was scheduled to earn $8.6 million this season. His “market value” according to Spotrac is $7.8 million. Pace could offer Peters a two-year, $18 million contract. This would pay Peters $9 million per season and would allow Pace two years to find a legitimate left tackle replacement.

Peters has not had many health scares. He played 13 games last season and 16 the season before. That said, he missed time last season due to a knee injury. He had that knee scoped and returned for the playoff game in early January.

Peters was a UDFA who actually came into the NFL as a tight end. In opposite fashion to Bradley Sowell, Peters was converted to an offensive tackle. He started five games his rookie season and then supplanted himself as the Bills tackle for five years before being traded to the Eagles in 2009. Peters had earned two Pro Bowl nods in 2007 and 2008 before netting the Bills a first-round and fourth-round pick from the Eagles. The trade was well worth it for the Eagles.

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Peters played 10 seasons in Philadelphia and earned seven Pro Bowls during that span. His level of play has dropped off slightly the last few seasons with age, but still, just like Williams, this would be a huge upgrade for the Bears offensive line. Either way, Pace should be looking to draft a tackle later in the 2020 NFL Draft in hopes to hit big. Remember, Peters was a UDFA. A late-round pick can become a Hall of Fame left tackle too.