Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

05 Sep 2008

Jason Peters Ends Holdout

Pro Bowl tackle Jason Peters, who missed all of training camp and the entire preseason while holding out for a new contract, has informed the team that he is ending his holdout. He is unlikely to play in the season opener against Seattle -- who, ironically, saw their own Pro Bowl tackle, Walter Jones, miss all of training camp for several years in a row before signing a long-term contract in 2005. Jones, however, never missed a game due to any of his holdouts.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 05 Sep 2008

10 comments, Last at 07 Sep 2008, 6:13pm by KL


by Yaguar (not verified) :: Fri, 09/05/2008 - 9:48pm

Well, this ended up pretty unproductive for Peters, and not so good for the Bills either. What a waste.

by lastchance (not verified) :: Fri, 09/05/2008 - 11:08pm

It's good for the Seahawks though. *grin*

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Sat, 09/06/2008 - 8:50am

Meanwhile Eric Winston has just got a 5 year, $30m extension, making him one of the three highest paid RTs in the league. You have to think Peters is worth considerably more than that in the open market.

by BuffaloWes (not verified) :: Sat, 09/06/2008 - 9:59am

I have to imagine Peters gets the "Standard"\"Hutchinson" contract that seems to be the normal for excellent linemen right now - 7yrs/49MM...

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Sat, 09/06/2008 - 1:32pm

Peters thinks he's worth considerably more than $7m a year, and he's probably right. The trouble is, he's under contract until 2011, so he really has almost no leverage. I wouldn't be surprised if the Bills trade him for a monster package to a team that's willing to pay him next offseason.

by Xeynon (not verified) :: Sat, 09/06/2008 - 8:56pm


Why would they trade a Pro Bowl-caliber LT? It's one of the least fungible positions on the field and hence one of the few where it's worth paying whatever it takes to retain the services of an elite player. I expect the Bills will work something out with Peters eventually.

by The Ninjalectual (not verified) :: Sun, 09/07/2008 - 4:41am

Do the Bills have enough cash on hand to resign Peters?

I'm serious.

by Mr Shush (not verified) :: Sun, 09/07/2008 - 10:16am

Right. Any normal team would pay pretty much whatever it took to re-sign a guy like Peters, but this is the Bills. They let Clements walk, and elite corners aren't exactly ten a penny. Come to that, does anyone know why they didn't franchise and trade Clements? If the '9ers were prepared to stump up the kind of money they did, presumably they'd also have been willing to send something to Buffalo for him, quite possibly a first round pick. Did they not even have the cash to pay him the franchise rate if he signed the tender? This is the cheapest franchise in the NFL, Cards and Bengals included.

by Topas (not verified) :: Sun, 09/07/2008 - 1:56pm

Well. Clements is doing not so well in SF. And the Bills do not need such a investment a CB in their Cover 2. However, I hope they extend Peters bigtime!!

by KL (not verified) :: Sun, 09/07/2008 - 6:13pm

#Do the Bills have enough cash on hand to resign Peters?

Yes. And they can sign Lee Evans as well.

Clements might be paid like a shut down corner, but he really doesn't play like it.

The Bills will pay players when they really want to keep them prior to free agency (Peters, Schoebel, Kelsay, McGee, Butler). They just don't often make a splash in free agency (Dockery being the main exception).