There are some players around the NFL that general manager are simply forced to throw money at for being the total package on their football team, i.e. being a stud and mentor. Jason Peters has anchored the left tackle position for the Philadelphia Eagles since 2009, and at 35-years-old – and within 24 hours – has manipulated the front office to giving him job security.
Peters is now under contract by Philadelphia through 2019, where then he will be 38-years-old and hopefully, this franchise will have had a ring by then. That is, after all, the reason Peters was so vocal the prior day about sticking around.
“I don't want to be year-to-year doubting, are they going to release me? Are they going to do this? Taking pay cuts and all that. I just want to make sure that I got the reassurance that I'm going to retire here, don't have to worry about it, show up and show out,” said Peters.
The front office were shaky about keeping such a valuable veteran on payroll considering there were a few lapses in performance while playing for Chip Kelly, but I think we can attribute that to Kelly gassing his offensive players for the sake of going faster.
Under coach Doug Pederson, Peters looks terrific and through Sounds of the Week presented by Bose, fans saw what type of leadership the 9x Pro Bowler brings to the Eagles this past season. After offensive tackle Lane Johnson was suspended, 5th round rookie Halapoulivaati Vaitai was asked to start at right tackle and we all saw first hand how necessary veteran intelligence is to this sport.
The new contract is worth $32.5 million over the next three years with $15.5 million in guarantees; and while every Eagles fan and their families preach how every year is the year, there appears to be a sense of pride flowing through the team as it continues to evolve in the summer heat.
Players have complemented the work and improvement of each other between Carson Wentz and Derek Barnett to Sidney Jones getting out of his walking boot and Peters solidifying himself as the blindside protector over the next three seasons regardless of the cost.
When asked about his worrying cap number, Peters responded with, "Do you want to win a Super Bowl, or do you want to save money?"