The Eagles intend to enact a provision in the collective bargaining agreement and deduct $3.25 million from Jason Peters' 2012 base salary because the tackle ruptured his Achilles tendon in March at an off-site location, according to an ESPN report.
The clause in the CBA states that a player who is placed on a non-football injury or illness list "is not entitled to any compensation under his contract while on such a list."
The Eagles said Peters' injury occurred while he was participating in a football-related workout in Texas, but it is still considered a "non-football injury" - because it happened off team premises.
Peters was slated to earn $7.9 million this season, but the Eagles will subject at least the amount ($3 million-plus) that his replacement, Demetress Bell, stands to make. The Eagles signed Bell to a five-year, $30 million deal a week after Peters' injured his Achilles on March 27. Bell's contract is guaranteed only for this season.
The Eagles have already approached Peters and his agent, Eugene Parker, according to the report.
Peters recently suffered a setback when he re-ruptured his Achilles after the Roll-A-Bout device he was using collapsed. The Roll-A-Bout is a scooter-like conveyance for people with leg injuries. Peters is likely out for the season, although the Eagles have yet to declare him so or place the 30-year-old on injured reserve.
The Eagles had no comment.
Baltimore is also expected to reduce Terrell Suggs' salary after the Ravens linebacker similarly tore his Achilles at an off-site location. Suggs' tear, though, has been described as partial, and he could return during the season.
The CBA states that a team isn't required to pay any of the salary for a player who had a "non-football injury." Both the Eagles and Ravens, according to the report, aren't likely to take such drastic measures.