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Buffalo Bills trade OT Jason Peters to Philadelphia

Another unhappy player gets his wish to play for another NFL team. From AP-

The Bills traded left tackle Jason Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles rather than risk another offseason holdout from their disgruntled two-time Pro Bowl player.

The basics of the deal were agreed to Friday, a person familiar with the trade talks told The Associated Press. The Eagles are attempting to work out a contract extension with Peters before completing the trade, said the person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.

In exchange, the Bills will receive the 28th overall pick – the second of the Eagles’ two first-round picks – and a fourth-round selection in next week’s NFL draft.

While the Bills lose their most talented offensive lineman, they rid themselves of a potential headache. Peters was threatening to repeat last year’s offseason holdout. Scheduled to make a base salary of $7.2 million during the final two years of his contract, Peters is considered underpaid for a player at such a high-profile position.

Left offensive tackle is a critical position in football. The Bills are not likely to fill Peters place with a player close to his quality. This trade has the potential to effect Buffalo’s 2009 prospects more than the acquisition of Terrell Owens.

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