Just when you thought the Jason Peters era in Philadelphia was over, the Eagles pull him right back in.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Eagles are bringing the 38-year-old veteran offensive lineman back for a 16th NFL season and a 12th in Philadelphia on a one-year contract.
But it’s not going to be as a tackle — his customary position.
Peters will come back to help cushion the blow of the Eagles losing right guard Brandon Brooks for the season after he suffered a torn Achilles. Peters has largely spent the past 14 seasons at the left tackle spot.
The partnership between the Eagles and Peters looked to be finished following the 2019 season when the organization let him go to free agency — especially after their statement on the matter back in March.
“We are appreciative of everything Jason has contributed to the organization over the last 11 seasons in Philadelphia, including building a first-ballot Hall of Fame career and helping us win our first Super Bowl Championship,” the Eagles said at the time. “Jason has been an incredible leader and person both on and off the field. We will remain in communication as each side continues to evaluate its options in free agency.”
Now the steady force will try to keep Philadelphia’s shorthanded offensive line afloat in 2020, which will be a big ask.
Regardless, he is one of the greatest offensive linemen in Eagles franchise history, garnering nine Pro Bowl appearances and two All-Pro selections during his time in Philadelphia, which began in 2009 after being acquired from the Buffalo Bills.
From 2010-2014, he accrued nine selections to first and second All-NFL teams by the Associated Press, the Pro Football Writers, Pro Football Focus, and The Sporting News.
Injuries have been an issue though despite Peters ranking 12th amongst active players with 195 starts. He missed the entire 2012 season after rupturing his Achilles and missed nine games in 2017 when he suffered a torn ACL and MCL. Still, he played 29 of 32 games over the past two seasons at ages 36 and 37.