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    Doug Pederson Opens Door to Possible Future Position Switch for Peters
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    Doug Pederson opens door to possible future position switch for Peters

    Jason Peters is the Eagles' left tackle for the 2017 season. 

    After that? 

    Everything is up in the air a little bit. 

    On Wednesday, after the Eagles signed the future Hall of Famer to a one-year extension that will keep him in Philly through 2019 (see story), head coach Doug Pederson opened the door to possibly switching Peters' position in the future. 

    "It's hard to speculate, obviously, on that," Pederson said. "This year, that would be the scenario. That would be the case. In the future, that's something we would definitely cross that bridge ... if we needed to move him inside, for instance. But right now, he's left tackle and Lane is right."

    Moving inside is a thought Peters has even mentioned in the past. He's 35 and if in the next few years has trouble keeping up with quick pass rushers, a move inside to guard could extend his career. 

    Pederson, when asked about the possibility of flipping Peters to right tackle, said it would be tough to do. He clearly thinks the more feasible solution would be putting him inside. 

    And Pederson thinks Peters would be a pretty good guard. 

    "I think so," Pederson said. "With his size, athleticism, strength, gosh, the way he comes off the ball. Would be a great asset really anywhere along that offensive line. But guard could be a potential spot somewhere down the road."

    Here's a look at the Eagles' offensive line (from left to right) for the 2017 season: Peters, Isaac Seumalo or Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson. 

    The Eagles obviously have Johnson, on a big contract, waiting for his chance to become the left tackle of the future. So if there comes a time where Peters would be a better fit inside, Johnson would be able to move to left tackle, where he's been getting more and more reps during practice. 

    So if, in the next few years, the Eagles are eventually ready to move on from Peters at left tackle and Kelce at center and Barbre at left guard, it's possible they have a succession plan in place. 

    Could this line - Johnson, Peters, Seumalo, Brooks, Halapoulivaati Vaitai - be the offensive line of the future? 

    It's possible. 

    For now, though, Peters is still at left tackle. For at least this season. 

    "I'm just glad he's here," Pederson said, "that I get to work with him now for the next few years. He's a great player, a great asset, anchors that offensive line obviously."