A few days after Jason Peters made a move to left tackle in good faith, the Eagles have rewarded him. At least that’s the timeline we were presented.
The Eagles and their 38-year-old left tackle agreed to a restructured contract on Thursday morning.
The new deal is worth up to $8 million with $4 million guaranteed and replaces the contract he signed earlier this offseason, according to his agent, Vincent Taylor of Elite Loyalty Sports. Peters also gets a signing bonus of $2 million.
This seems like a pretty obvious compromise.
The Eagles signed Peters to play right guard after Brandon Brooks went down with a torn Achilles. That contract was a one-year deal worth $3 million and could potentially be worth $6 million if he hit some pie-in-the-sky incentives.
When Andre Dillard was lost for the season with a torn biceps, the Eagles put Matt Pryor at left tackle and curiously left Peters at right guard. That’s when the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Peters wanted a pay bump to move back to left tackle.
Without a contract in hand, Peters went to Doug Pederson’s office on Monday morning and told him he was ready to move back to left tackle. At least, that’s the story from the Eagles.
“I was just thrilled to death when he shared the news,” Pederson said. “I'm not going to get into the contract stuff. That's not my area, but I was excited that when he shared the news that he was moving over to the left side and sliding over to the left side, I was thrilled. I mean, I couldn't have been happier, not only for him but I think for our team. It just shows a sign of great leadership by him and gave him a hug and said let's go.”
Last season, Peters was on a one-year, $6 million deal. So this contract at its base is between that deal and his original one this season to play guard. But it also has the potential to earn him even more if he hits some unknown incentives.
Peters is the longest-tenured Eagle, having arrived in a trade in 2009. He’s had a Hall of Fame career at left tackle and has made seven of his nine Pro Bowls as a member of the Eagles. Last year, he started 13 games and ProFootballFocus rated him as the sixth-best tackle in the NFL.
He might not be the All-Pro player he once was, but Peters is still a pretty good left tackle. And having him back at that position was the Eagles best move.