Eagles sign Pro Bowl LT Jason Peters to extension
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 14, 2017,
Jun 14, 2017, 21:04
"I just want to make sure I've got the reassurance that I'm going to retire here".
Before the extension, Peters had two years left worth roughly $20.5 million on his contract with no guaranteed money.
Peters, a nine-time Pro Bowler, has anchored the Eagles' offensive line since 2009 when he was acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills.
When healthy, Peters is considered one of the premier left tackles in the game, which reduces the risk of Wentz getting decked by a blind-side blitz.
"Right now he's the left tackle, Lane is right", Pederson said. "I know the feeling". Pederson referred to his playing days when he had Tre Thomas and Jon Runyan as bookend tackles and insisted on having that same insurance for Wentz this season. "Carson's a guy who can take advantage of those guys being the core of your offensive line".
Some supporters liked that the Eagles were holding physical practices to gear up for the season, while critics warned that live drills in practice presented a greater likelihood of injuries.
Peters showed up for the mandatory minicamp explaining that he stayed away from OTAs partly because he was unhappy the Eagles seemed more intent on handing him a pay cut. He's earned seven Pro Bowl trips in eight seasons with the Eagles.
There is a chance that Peters may not finish his career at left tackle. In that case, Johnson would move into Peters' old spot. The Eagles would then move Peters to left tackle and insert Halapoulivatai Vaitai at right guard. "I just wanted to rest a little bit this year". That'd allow the veteran to be effective even as his athleticism wanes, Pederson said, and Peters has suggested he's open to the idea of moving inside. After Thursday, the players will be off until training camp begins on July 24.