NFL Free Agency 2019: A Comprehensive Look at Eagles' Offensive Tackles

Reuben Frank, Dave Zangaro and Andrew Kulp continue the 2019 edition of Stay or Go, trying to figure out the future of the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Today, they'll look at offensive tackle. 

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Jason Peters

Roob: I'm probably in the minority on this one, but I think the Eagles try to squeeze one more year out of Peters. Even at 80 percent of his usual self, he's still better than anybody else. The injuries are a concern, but Peters is a relative bargain at $7.75 million in 2019, which according to SpoTrac makes him the 27th-highest paid offensive tackle in the league next year. 

Verdict: Stays

Dave: Even if the Eagles take an offensive tackle with their first-round pick, I'm not sure they can just plug and play. If I'm the Eagles, I'm seriously considering moving on from Peters, who struggled to stay healthy and stay in games during the 2018 season. But with a cap hit just north of $10 million and without anyone else ready to take that spot, I think he's back for one more season.

Verdict: Stays 

Kulp: Folks have been trying to run Peters out of town forever, but here's the bottom line: 1. he played in all 18 Eagles games last season; 2. he played well above average, even coming off a torn ACL; 3. $10.6 million really isn't that expensive for a quality left tackle. Peters is 37, and while he may never reach a 10th Pro Bowl, he's still pretty good -  and undoubtedly better than the alternative.

Verdict: Stays

Lane Johnson

Roob: I think I'll keep him around. Now that he's gotten past his suspensions, Johnson has really blossomed into one of the best offensive tackles in Eagles history, one of the best first-round picks in Eagles history and a perennial Pro Bowler. Johnson isn't just an exceptional player, he's just a tough, outspoken dude who helps give the Eagles their swagger. 

Verdict: Stays

Dave: Easy one. Johnson is a two-time Pro Bowler and when he's healthy, there's no better right tackle in the NFL. He should get snubbed by Pro Bowl voters every year, because he was dynamic after that happened in 2018. 

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: Better late than never for Johnson, who was recently added to the Pro Bowl -  that's two in a row. Got off to a bit of a rough start in 2018, but was back to playing at an elite level in the second half. His $15.2 million is currently the highest figure on the team (excluding Nick Foles), though a dominant 29-year-old at the top of his game is well worth the price.

Verdict: Stays

Halapoulivaati Vaitai

Roob: Vaitai was solid enough down the stretch last year to start at left tackle for a Super Bowl champ, but he didn't play close to that same level when he had to step in for Peters this year. Vaitai is going to be 26 by training camp and could be gone if the Eagles take an offensive tackle in the first couple rounds. I think the Super Bowl run gets him one more year.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: While it's hard to look at Big V and think he's going to be Peters' replacement, he is at least a decent depth piece as a swing tackle. He can fill that role, but he's probably not the ideal long-term fit. 

Verdict: Stays 

Kulp: Gotta hand it to the guy. Whenever Big V's number is called, he's up to the task. I'm still not sold on him as a future starter. On the other hand, the Eagles have been able to coach around Vaitai's limitations, and he only turns 26. He's got a year left making basically the minimum, though it might not be a bad idea to sign him to an affordable, low-risk extension.

Verdict: Stays

Jordan Mailata

Roob: I know a lot of fans are impatient and want to see Mailata play now, but he's still only 21 years old, he's still very new to the game of football, and he's still just six months out from his first career padded practice. Mailata's an intriguing prospect - huge, fast, powerful. His time will come, I just don't think it will come in 2019. 

Verdict: Stays

Dave: He's not ready to take over as the starting left tackle for the next decade, but he is just so damn intriguing. He has all the tools to become an All-Pro offensive tackle, but he's still learning the game. I think we're still at least a year away from him really playing. 

Verdict: Stays 

Kulp: Mailata was incredibly impressive in preseason action, and not simply for a guy who literally never played the sport before May. The idea he's going to take over for Peters in 2019 is farfetched, but another year down the road? Wouldn't rule it out. The experiment continues.

Verdict: Stays

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