The Eagles responded quickly to left tackle Jason Peters' request for more security by giving him a one-year extension through the 2019 season with guaranteed money that increases his chances of remaining with the team. This new deal guarantees $15.5 million and could be worth as much as $32.5 million, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Although Peters has been plagued with injuries over recent years, he is still regarded as one of the top lineman in the league and will look to anchor a new Eagles offense heading into the 2017 football season.
"I want to retire here", said Peters. "I don't want to be year-to-year, [wondering] if they're going to release me or are they going to do this, taking pay cuts and all that".
The plan is for Peters to play left tackle this season, with Johnson spelling him if necessary. The All-Pro tackle has been with the Eagles organization since 2009 where he was acquired via a trade with the Buffalo Bills, and he will now be able to finish his career in Philadelphia.
"Having Jason anchored there on the left side just gives you a comfort, being a right-handed quarterback", Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday. Johnson took most of the reps at left tackle during OTAs while Peters was absent.
The 6-foot-4, 328-pound Peters acknowledged his decision to skip voluntary organized team activities earlier was partly based on his current contract.
Peters is more than capable of making the transition to the interior. "I'd just move inside [and play guard], whatever I can do to help the team". He was moved to left tackle and earned two Pro Bowl berths before coming to Philadelphia.
So imagine an offensive line in 2018 that lines up this way: Johnson at left tackle, Peters at left guard, perhaps Isaac Seumalo at center, Brandon Brooks at right guard, and Halapoulivaati Vaitai, who would be in his third season, at right tackle.
Maybe the Eagles learned their lesson following the 2008 season, when they let Brian Dawkins leave town after deciding not to extend his contract.
Training camp opens July 24 with quarterbacks, rookies, and select veterans, with the first day of practice for the entire team slated for July 27.