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Carolina deal with Gross raises market value of Peters

Posted by Chris Brown on February 20, 2009 – 1:23 am

With Carolina reaching a six-year deal with Pro Bowl OT Jordan Gross worth almost $60M and paying over $30M in the first three years according to NFL Network’s Adam Schefter, it hasn’t made it any easier for the Bills to reach a new agreement with Jason Peters.

Peters, much like Gross is a Pro Bowl player and would likely want comparable money.

Here’s where it gets scary though. Gross in 2009 signed a deal that is quadruple the value of the deal Peters signed in 2006, and it’s only one year longer in length. Increasing the market value four fold in three years is nuts.

Unfortunately that’s what the market now pays for Pro Bowl tackles. Peters was obviously unhappy with the situation last year. I can’t see him feeling better in the wake of this contract. Not that he has any options with two more years left on his deal, but this now has to be an even tougher pill to swallow.

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Negotiations for OT Gross bear watching

Posted by Chris Brown on February 17, 2009 – 3:23 pm

With the Carolina Panthers underway in their negotiations with impending FA OT Jordan Gross according to NFL Network’s Adam Schefter, it will be very interesting to see what the average annual salary will be on a new contract should one be reached as it pertains to Jason Peters.

As we all know Peters is still looking for a renegotiated deal with two years left on his current contract. Gross figures to get more than Miami rookie Jake Long ($8.5M per), but we’ll see if the Panthers can structure a creative deal.

Either way the contract will absolutely shape the current landscape for blind side tackles and should have a bearing on anything that may or may not happen between the Bills and Peters concerning a new agreement.

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