Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Eagles keep Peters with 5-year deal

PHILADELPHIA – The Eagles have announced they have agreed to terms with tackle Jason Peters on a five-year contract. The deal will keep Peters in Philadelphia through the 2018 season.

“There aren’t many people cut from the same cloth as Jason Peters,” said head coach Chip Kelly. “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.”

A six-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro selection, Peters (6-foot-4, 328) bounced back from an Achilles injury that forced him to miss the 2012 season, starting all 16 games for the Eagles in 2013 while earning Pro Bowl accolades and first-team All-Pro honors. With his sixth overall Pro Bowl nomination and fourth as an Eagle, Peters has garnered the second-most Pro Bowl nominations by an offensive lineman in Philadelphia history trailing only Chuck Bednarik (eight), who did so as a two-way player at center and linebacker.

“Jason is everything you look for in a left tackle,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “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.”

Regarded by many experts as the best left tackle in the game, Peters, 32, was part of an offensive line that helped block for the NFL’s leading rusher LeSean McCoy, who finished with a franchise-best 1,607 yards, and paved the way as the Eagles set team records with 442 points scored and 6,676 total net yards in 2013.

Originally signed as a rookie free agent tight end by the Buffalo Bills in 2004, Peters saw action at both tight end and tackle during his rookie campaign before emerging as a standout at tackle during his sophomore campaign. Peters was acquired by the Eagles in a trade with the Bills in 2009 and continued his upward climb, earning Pro Bowl honors in each of his first three seasons with the team.

A native of Queen City, TX, Peters was a three-year letterman at Arkansas and earned second-team All-SEC honors as a tight end in 2003.

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