Peters: Re-signing with Eagles is 'a dream come true'
Jason Peters, an Eagle since 2009, is a six-time Pro Bowler and two-time first-team All-Pro. (USA Today Images)
The Eagles signed six-time Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters to a contract extension Tuesday morning that runs through 2018, the team announced.
Peters, who enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2013 after suffering two Achilles injuries that cost him the entire 2012 season, had been signed through 2014.
The new deal adds four years to his contract.
A league source said Peters’ 2014 base salary of $9.65 million remains the same, as do his $250,000 roster bonus and $100,000 workout bonus.
The source said the new deal averages about $10 million per year for a total of about $50 million through 2018.
Peters, 32, would be 36 when this deal expires.
“There aren’t many people cut from the same cloth as Jason Peters,” head coach Chip Kelly said in a statement. “To be able to bounce back from two Achilles injuries and return to an all-pro level speaks not only to his incredible athleticism, but proves just how hard he works at his game.
“Having him at left tackle provides a lot of comfort to our quarterback and to our entire offense. He’s a guy that many players look up to in our locker room.”
Peters has been among the NFL’s best offensive linemen since the Bills converted him from an undrafted tight end in 2004 to the offensive line.
Since 2007, he’s made the Pro Bowl every year that he’s played – 2007 through 2011 and 2013 – and he was named first-team all-pro in 2011 and 2013.
When the Eagles drafted Lane Johnson in the first round last year, there was thought that he would move to left tackle eventually. That will now have to be put off a few years.
The Eagles have plenty of stability now on the offensive line, with Peters signed through 2018, Johnson and Todd Herremans and Evan Mathis through 2016. Jason Kelce is signed through next year, and the Eagles have said they hope to get him signed to an extension this offseason.
Peters and Connor Barwin are now the only Eagles signed through as far in the future as 2018.
“Jason is everything you look for in a left tackle,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “The unique blend of size, speed and athleticism that Jason possesses is something that everyone wants in an offensive lineman. However, what really makes him unique is his desire to improve day in and day out despite the fact that he’s played at an elite level for so many years.
“We are truly rewarding Jason’s excellence, as he’s a guy who has made six Pro Bowl appearances and has been selected an all-pro five times. We’re excited to be able to keep him in Philadelphia for years to come.”