Jason Peters is not planning to retire, and the veteran left tackle will have a chance to hit the market. The Eagles are not expected to reach an extension agreement with their 11-year left tackle before the start of free agency, Mike Garafolo of NFL.com tweets.
The Eagles are believed to be split on bringing back to the 38-year-old blocker, but Doug Pederson would welcome the likely Hall of Famer back in Philadelphia for another season. The Eagles and Peters remain in contact, per a team announcement. If the parties cannot agree to an extension before March 16, when the tampering period opens, outside interest will come Peters’ way.
After a down 2018 season, and an injury-marred 2017 slate, Peters rebounded in 2019. Pro Football Focus rated the 16-year veteran as its No. 6 overall tackle. Peters is the only Eagles offensive line starter not locked up long-term. The team used its 2019 first-round pick to select his heir apparent, in Andre Dillard, and extended the rest of its high-end offensive line last year.
This market technically features some interesting names at left tackle. However, Anthony Castonzo is expected to return to the Colts, and Sean McVay anticipates Andrew Whitworth returning to the Rams. The Cardinals recently extended would-be free agent D.J. Humphries.
The Eagles acquired Peters during the 2009 offseason, and he’s been the team’s left tackle since the Donovan McNabb era. The Bills dealt Peters after back-to-back Pro Bowl slates. He’s now sitting on nine Pro Bowl seasons and two first-team All-Pro honors. The Bills gave Peters his first extension, in 2006, but the former UDFA outplayed it and did not land a new deal until the Eagles trade. The Eagles extended Peters in 2009, 2014 and ’17. But it is now uncertain if one last Philly re-up is coming.
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