Philadelphia Eagles left tackle Jason Peters has signed a one-year contract extension, which will keep him with the franchise through the 2019 season.
“It means a lot. This is reassurance that I’m going to retire here and don’t have to go year to year. It’s just another way of them reassuring that I’m going to be here,” Peters said, via the Eagles’ team website. “I love Mr. (Jeffrey) Lurie, the whole organization, the city of Philadelphia, and the fans. It speaks volumes for them to still look at me that way, it’s nothing but love.”
The nine-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle’s contract is now worth a max of $32.5 million over the next three years and includes $15.5 million in guarantees, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
#Eagles signed LT Jason Peters to a 1-year extension that puts him on the books for $32.5M max over 3 yrs, source said. $15.5M in guarantees
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 14, 2017
“Jason is a future Hall of Famer, a great player, and leader,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “He has been an anchor for our offensive line for many years and now we are thrilled about being able to work something out that will allow him to finish his career here in Philadelphia.”
Peters, 35, has spent the past eight seasons with the Eagles after being traded from the Buffalo Bills in 2009, and has established himself as a cornerstone player for the offense despite three coaching changes. The 6-foot-4, 328-pound offensive tackle started every game for the Eagles in 2016 and hopes to finish his career in the City of Brotherly Love.
“I want to retire here,”Peters said, via Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t want to be year-to-year, (wondering) if they’re going to release me or are they going to do this, taking pay cuts and all that. I just want to make sure I’ve got the reassurance that I’m going to retire here.”
The Eagles are looking to make a push in the NFC East after going 7-9 under first-year head coach Doug Pederson, and having Lane Johnson and Peters as bookend tackles should help take the pressure off second-year quarterback Carson Wentz.
Pederson said that the plan is to keep Johnson at right tackle and Peters at left tackle at least for this season, but that he does not foresee the potential future Hall of Famer lining up at right tackle.
Pederson didn’t want to speculate on future spots. Focus is this year. But said would be hard to move Peters to RT. LG is more realistic.
— Zach Berman (@ZBerm) June 14, 2017
“Having Jason out there, we all know what he means to this team,” center Jason Kelce said. “You know he’s going to be ready and you know he’s going to be a great player. He is a difference-maker for this football team.”
— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) June 14, 2017