The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Thursday morning that they have mutually parted ways with veteran offensive lineman Jason Peters.
He will become a free agent when the new league year begins on March 18.
“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 in a statement. “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.”
The 38-year-old is amongst the greatest offensive lineman in Eagles franchise history, garnering nine Pro Bowl appearances and two All-Pro selections during his time in Philadelphia.
Peters began his career with the Buffalo Bills after going undrafted out of Arkansas in 2004.
He was dealt to the Eagles in 2009 for a first and fourth-round pick in that year’s draft, which turned into Eric Wood and Shawn Nelson. Needless to say, the Eagles came out on top in that deal.
It was in Philadelphia that Peters’ career continued to flourish as he became one of the top left tackles in the game.
From 2010-2014, he garnered nine selections to first and second All-NFL teams by the Associated Press, the Pro Football Writers, Pro Football Focus, and the Sporting News.
Despite ranking 12th among active NFL players with 195 career starts, injuries robbed Peters of plenty of time within Philadelphia’s trenches.
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.
Peters’ agent, Vincent Taylor, told NBC Sports Philadelphia that the door isn’t completely closed on the veteran stalwart returning to the Eagles in 2020.
However, the statement from the organization certainly seems like the first step of a goodbye.