Ask and you shall receive.
Less than a day after Jason Peters said he wanted a reworked contract, the Philadelphia Eagles rewarded their longtime left tackle by signing him to a one-year extension through the 2019 season, the team announced Wednesday.
The extra year added to Peters’ deal means the veteran will be on the books for a maximum of $32.5 million over the next three seasons, with $15.5 million in guarantees, a source told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The 35-year-old’s extension includes an $8-million signing bonus, added Rapoport, who speculated it could signal that the left tackle will stay with the team until he retires. Peters echoed this, expressing his happiness that Philadelphia provided him with more long-term security.
“It means a lot. This is reassurance that I’m going to retire here and don’t have to go year to year. It’s just another way of them reassuring that I’m going to be here,” Peters said after signing his deal. “I love Mr. (Jeffrey) Lurie, the whole organization, the City of Philadelphia, and the fans. It speaks volumes for them to still look at me that way, it’s nothing but love.”
Peters has remained one of the league’s most effective and consistent blindside protectors despite his advanced age. His new deal means right tackle Lane Johnson – whom the Eagles have said they intend to move over to left tackle at some point, and was given a big-money extension last offseason with that in mind – will have to wait at least a few more years to make the switch.
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