Left tackle Jason Peters inks 5-year, $51.3M deal

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Philadelphia, PA, United States (4E Sports) – Pro Bowl left tackle Jason Peters has signed a five-year, $51.3 million contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles, keeping him with the team until 2018.

The 32-year-old Peters was entering the final year of a contract that would have paid him $10 million in salary and bonuses for 2014. The deal likely locks up the six-time Pro Bowl left tackle for the rest of his career.

The new deal adds four years and $41.3 million, including $19.55 million in guaranteed money, Peters’ agent said.

Peters tore his Achilles tendon while working out in March 2012. After having surgery, he tore the tendon again and missed the 2012 season, when the Eagles went 4-12 in Andy Reid’s final year in Philadelphia.

Peters started all 17 games last season under new coach Chip Kelly and his fast-paced offense, including Philadelphia’s playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. He missed only a handful of offensive snaps due to a relatively minor quadriceps injury.

“There aren’t many people cut from the same cloth as Jason Peters,” Kelly said in a statement released by the team. “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,” Kelly added.

Kelly anchored a line that enabled LeSean McCoy to lead the NFL in rushing and helped backup quarterback Nick Foles have a breakout season.

Peters also reasserted his hold on the left tackle spot. The Eagles used their first-round draft pick last year, No. 4 overall, on Lane Johnson, who played all 17 games at right tackle. The expectation was that Johnson could move to the left side if Peters faltered.

Peters entered the league as an undrafted rookie tight end with the Buffalo Bills in 2004. He was converted to tackle and, by 2007, was a Pro Bowl left tackle. The Eagles traded for Peters in 2009, and he immediately filled the void left by the departure of Tra Thomas.

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