Any time you sign a guy in football to a good amount of guaranteed money, there’s inherent risk involved.
Especially when that guy 35 years old and plays one of the 5 most important positions on the football field. Peters was still a top ten left tackle in the league last season and it was announced today, one day after saying that he wanted to retire in Philly, that the Eagles are extending Peters until 2019 with $15 million guaranteed.
Jason Peters isn’t going anywhere.
Here’s the thing.
I get why you want to keep Peters around. He’s a legend here, still really good at his job and they don’t exactly have a replacement at this point. Everyone is pointing to Lane Johnson to become his successor, and that very well may be the case, but he’s already one of the best right tackles in the league so moving him over to left tackle just creates an unnecessary hole.
I guess what the Eagles thought process here is, extend Peters now, keep him happy, don’t create an unnecessary hole and maintain stability for your second year QB to grow. The Eagles don’t currently have a Peters replacement on the roster, or a Johnson replacement for that matter, so why would they be in a rush to move on from him?
Also, this is another move that only helps foster the environment around Carson Wentz. The Eagles have been so, so committed to giving him everything in their power to have him succeed this season that I bet Donovan wakes up every morning and slams his fist on the table.
While I think the move was necessary, there’s still a ton of risk in signing Jason Peters at this point. First, father time is undefeated. Even though he was healthy and productive last season, there’s a reason he led the NFL in false starts last season. With losing that extra step he’s had to be perfect in his technique to keep up with younger, faster players. As soon as that technique starts slipping, it will be the end of him. Also, there’s got to be huge injury concern here. Sure he was healthy last season but I wouldn’t call it a lock that a 35 year old left tackle stays healthy for the next three seasons as he nears 40.
The one thing Doug Pedesron mentioned was possibly shifting Peters to guard later in his career, which I… don’t see. Usually career left tackles would feel disgraced if their coach came to them and asked about moving to guard. They would rather retire than get demoted. Peters is a prideful guy and I would be absolutely shocked if he agreed to move to a guard spot.