Despite his huge contract, Paul George has yet to live up to the expectations of his four-year, $137 million deal. He’s been one of those MVP candidates that every team would love to have. He’s a star.
This season, the former MVP of the NBA, LeBron James, has been playing like an MVP, and a whole lot of other things people don’t like. With the Cleveland Cavaliers, he’s averaging 26.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.4 assists per game. In the four games since his return from injury, he has averaged 27.3 points, 9 rebounds, and 9.3 assists (12.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in his second game back).
In 2003, LeBron James was the first player since Wilt Chamberlain to win two MVP awards. The NBA didn’t have an MVP award in its first 37 years of existence—one of the reasons James’ first MVP win was widely seen as an upset. Now, only six years later, the NBA has an MVP award. James, though, is still recovering from injury, and the Cavaliers aren’t doing so well. Helping matters is that Cavs coach David Blatt has not been fully invested in this season. James has already been named to the All-Star Game for the seventh time in his career, and he has an MVP-caliber year.
Jason Peters, the best left tackle in Philadelphia Eagles history, found a new home during free agency. The veteran offensive lineman has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bears, where he will most likely serve as the team’s primary blindside blocker as they attempt to protect rookie quarterback Justin Fields.
The 39-year-old tackle is coming off an injury-plagued 2020 season. When Peters was healthy and on the field, he didn’t seem very spectacular — the 17-year veteran’s regression is obviously starting to catch up with him.
The Chicago Bears have signed Jason Peters.
Jason Peters, a former Eagles offensive tackle, has signed with the Bears, according to his agency @ELSportsLLC.
August 14, 2021 — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter)
While Peters will have to adjust to blocking for Fields in Chicago, the veteran Eagles lineman has always had a soft spot for former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Throughout Wentz’s time with the Eagles, Peters was the starting left tackle.
Peters gushed about Wentz and what he thinks he’ll be able to achieve with the Indianapolis Colts in an offseason interview back in March, when he was still a free agent looking for a new club.
“I believe Frank [Reich] will bring out the best in Carson because I saw it during our Super Bowl run. They were terrific together, and I believe Carson is a good match for them,” Peters said.
“He’s going to go back to playing like an MVP.”
Former Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is someone Jason Peters believes in.
“He’s [Carson] going to go back to MVP-level performance.”
OT (Free Agent) Jason Peters spoke with Frank Reich and Carson Wentz in Indianapolis, as well as Jalen Hurts’ first season in Philadelphia.
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March 8, 2021 — SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL)
Was Peters pandering in an effort to get a job with the Colts? Maybe.
Perhaps Peters was just recognizing some of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans that took on in Philadelphia during Wentz’s last season there. Between 2019 and 2020, Wentz had a drop-off that had never been seen before in a young quarterback, leading many to assume that other variables were at play, causing the regression.
During the 2020 offseason, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman ruffled some significant feathers by selecting Jalen Hurts in the second round, and reports of severe instability in the Eagles front office surfaced. Many of the backstabbing and childish conduct that had been going on throughout the company were revealed in an offseason “Athletic” piece.
Wentz’s potential to bounce back in 2021 may be explained by Peters’ confidence in Wentz’s ability to leave this turmoil and settle in a more stable setting (Colts), with a previous coach (Frank Reich).
The Bears want to follow in the footsteps of the Eagles from last season.
Jason Peters #71 and Carson Wentz #11 pose for a photo | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
When comparing where the Eagles were when Wentz was chosen to where the Bears are now with Fields, there are many startling parallels.
Both teams had/have a future Hall of Famer in Jason Peters running the show throughout the offensive line, both teams traded up for their franchise quarterback, both teams were coming off years of mediocrity, and both teams had/have a future Hall of Famer in Andy Reid coaching the offensive line.
In year two of Fields’ NFL career, if all goes according to plan for the Bears, they’ll be contending for their own Super Bowl.
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