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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Stroud's new Bills deal a reminder for Peters

Posted by's Tim Graham

If Jason Peters didn't learn anything from Lee Evans' contract extension last year, then maybe the repackaged deal Marcus Stroud received Tuesday hammered home the concept:

The Buffalo Bills are open to rewarding players who've displayed a commitment to the team.

Peters is cruising toward another offseason of discontent. The Pro Bowl left tackle didn't attend any offseason workouts or training camp because of a contract dispute. He didn't get a new deal, but all signs point to another standoff.

Peters still has two years remaining on his contract, but so did Stroud, the defensive tackle they acquired via trade from the Jacksonville Jaguars last year. ESPN's John Clayton reports the Bills restructured Stroud's deal to four years for $29 million with $12 million in guarantees.

Evans became one of the NFL's highest-paid receivers last year. Like Peters, Evans made it known he wanted a new deal. But the Bills were happy to work with Evans because he attended offseason workouts and training camp. Evans signed a four-year extension worth $37.25 million and $18.25 million in guarantees.

Peters plays the game's second-most-important position and wants to be among its highest-paid. The Miami Dolphins made last year's first overall draft pick, Jake Long, the richest tackle in NFL history with a five-year, $57.5 million deal. The Carolina Panthers signed All-Pro tackle Jordan Gross to a six-year extension that will pay him $30.5 million through the first three years.

Bills management made it known to Peters months upon months ago that the best way to go about getting a new deal is show up and be a part of the team. The club has reinforced that stance by paying off Evans and Stroud.

Peters, meanwhile, plops down and waits.