After missing the entire 2012 season due to two Achilles tears, Eagles left tackle Jason Peters squashed any questions about whether he would ever be able to return to his elite form in 2013 and beyond, by turning in his second All-Pro season in three years.
Yesterday afternoon, the Eagles kept the 32 year-old from being a lame duck entering the 2014 season, by adding on a four years to the one season he had left on his deal, to total a five-year/$51.3 million deal (19.55 million is guaranteed in the new four years per ESPN’s Adam Schefter).
After the deal became official, Peters spoke about his desire to remain in Philadelphia for the rest of his career.
Peters does have a point when discussing wanting to be “the first” to finish his career in Philadelphia. Not only have players like Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook, and Briwn Dawkins not finished their careers in Philly, but even offense line stalwarts like Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas finished their careers in other uniforms after spending a majority of their careers in Philadelphia.
Peters will certainly have the opportunity to finish his career in Philadelphia, but all his extension really does is guarantee him three more seasons in Philadelphia. Due to the fact that he is only guaranteed $19.55 million in his new extension, the Eagles could cut him after the 2016 season with virtually no penalty.
Given that Peters rebounded from what was a career-threatening Achilles injury in 2012 to return to All-Pro form in 2013, it isn’t unfathomable to think that he could play out the five-year deal, which would put him at age 37, and retire as an Eagle.