Eagles sign LT Jason Peters to five-year, $53M deal
The Eagles signed left tackle Jason Peters to a five-year deal that will pay him more than $53 million and almost $20 million guaranteed.
Jason Peters was headed into the final year of the contract he signed when the Eagles acquired him from Buffalo in a trade. But he won't make it to free agency as the team locked him down on a five-year deal Wednesday.
Philadelphia announced the deal Wednesday morning and it will keep Peters in uniform with the Eagles through 2018. The deal, per multiple reports, will include $19.55 million in guaranteed money and $51.3 million overall.
Peters played in 16 games in 2013, the first time he's done that since 2006. The 32-year-old tackle was named to the Pro Bowl and was also included on the All-Pro team.
#Eagles GM Howie Roseman: Unique blend of size, speed and athleticism Peters possesses is something everyone wants in an offensive lineman.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 26, 2014
Coach Chip Kelly: To bounce back from two Achilles injuries and return to All-Pro level proves just how hard Peters works at his game.— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 26, 2014
Peters was a big factor in helping LeSean McCoy lead the league in rushing. Despite being on the wrong side of 30 and dealing with myriad injuries (like the pair of Achilles problems Kelly mentioned above), he's one of the more athletic lineman in the game.
Kelly's new offensive approach -- and training regimen -- clearly worked well with Peters and he dominated in 2013.
The Eagles hope he'll have the same success over the next five years.
They're also thrilled about lowering his salary-cap number. Peters was going to take up more than $10 million in salary-cap space in 2014. Extending his deal saves the Eagles money now and lets them be more aggressive in free agency.
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