The initial wave of free agency has come and gone, as has the 2020 draft and Jason Peters is still a man without a team. The veteran left tackle and member of the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 2010s has yet to sign with a club. Peters, who spent the past decade as the left tackle for the Eagles, still intends to play in 2020 and has kept in touch with Philadelphia, but continues to explore his options, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
The Eagles announced back on March 5but kept the door open for a possible return by the 38-year-old, saying they'll "remain in communication as each side continues to evaluate its options in free agency."
Judging by this latest Schefter report, it appears the two sides have kept in contact, but Peters may be looking for an opportunity to a more prominent role along some club's offensive line. In Philly, 2019 first-round pick Andre Dillard appears to be the heir to Peters on the blindside. His presence and upcoming ascent to a role starting week-to-week could be what is preventing Peters from heading back to the Eagles as of now.
When you look across the NFL landscape, however, starting tackle jobs are few and far between. Plenty of teams addressed that specifically at the draft, with the 49ers trading for veteran Trent Williams along with the Giants, Dolphins, Jets, Browns, Vikings and Buccaneers all selecting tackles at key points over the three-day period.
If no starting job pops up for Peters over the next few weeks and/or months, one would think that a return to Philadelphia as a veteran backup behind Dillard grows more probable. Eagles right tackle Lane Johnson.
"I think there's always a chance," Johnson told John Clark of NBC Sports Philadelphia. "Really, right now, all we have is time. We'll see what happens, I wouldn't rule it out. I'd like to have him back. I'd be lying if I said I don't miss the big guy."
Peters first entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas and signed on with the Buffalo Bills. There he began evolving into the Hall of Fame talent that we know today and eventually landed with the Eagles in 2009. Along with being named to the All-Decade team, the 6-foot-4, 328-pounder has been named to nine Pro Bowls and is a two-time first-team All-Pro. He also has a Super Bowl ring with Philly after the club defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl LII.
Injuries have started to put a dent in Peters's more recent seasons, however, as he's missed 12 games over the past three years. Given that current COVID-19 pandemic and Peters not being able to meet with teams to show off his health, that could be one reason why he hasn't inked a deal to this point.