Peters and Eagles Get Extension Done
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) – You asked for it, you got it.
At least if you are veteran left tackle Jason Peters. The Eagles and the Pro Bowl selection agreed to a one-year contract extension Wednesday morning, a day after the 35-year-old asked for more clarity in his contact situation.
The Eagles had Peters under contract for two more seasons at over $10 million per but approached the potential future Hall of Famer about taking less money in March.
Peters declined and skipped all the voluntary work this spring before showing for mandatory minicamp and claiming he would like to finish his career in Philadelphia.
“I want to retire here,” Peters said when speaking to reporters after the first day of mandatory minicamp. “I don’t want to be year-to-year, [wondering] if they’re going to release me or are they going to do this, taking pay cuts and all that. I just want to make sure I’ve got the reassurance that I’m going to retire here.”
According to NFL Media, Peters got $8 million to sign and was essentially guaranteed $15.5M over the next two seasons and could make as much as $32.5 M if he sees the end of the new deal in 2019.
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“[Jason] has been an anchor for our offensive line for many years, and now we are thrilled about being able to work something out that will allow him to finish his career here in Philadelphia,” Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said.
The deal eases Philadelphia’s salary-cap commitments in the short-term and gives Peters some peace of mind, at least through next season, which could end up being his last in the NFL.
“It means a lot,” Peters told the Eagles’ official website. “This is reassurance that I’m going to retire here and don’t have to go year to year. It’s just another way of them reassuring that I’m going to be here. I love Mr. [Jeffrey] Lurie, the whole organization, the City of Philadelphia and the fans. It speaks volumes for them to still look at me that way, it’s nothing but love.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen