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Jason Peters signs deal to return to Eagles for 2019 season

Jason Peters signs deal to return to Eagles for 2019 season

The Eagles answered their biggest offseason question on Monday. 

Jason Peters is back. 

The Eagles on Monday signed their 37-year-old future Hall of Fame left tackle to a one-year contract in 2019. The one-year deal is worth a maximum of $10 million, with $5 1/2 million guaranteed, according to Peters’ agent, Vincent Taylor of Elite Loyalty Sports. 

This move makes a ton of sense. It was easy to say the Eagles should have moved on from Peters, but they didn’t have a great option to replace him yet. 

It sounds risky to rely on a 37-year-old tackle, but de facto GM Howie Roseman put it best at the combine a couple weeks ago: 

“He’s not a normal human being. He’s freaky. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Fame as a player and as a person. So normal rules don’t apply when it comes to Jason.” 

This new deal will allow the Eagles to keep their left tackle, while also lowering his salary cap hit from over $13 million next season. That would have been the price had the Eagles exercised his option year. Instead, they found another way that will save at least several million dollars in cap space. 

When healthy, Peters was actually pretty good last season. No, he wasn’t at his former All-Pro level, but 80 percent of Jason Peters is still pretty good. The big problem was that he struggled to finish games. He started all 16, but dealt with lingering injuries throughout the season and played 79 percent of snaps during the regular season. 

But later in the 2018 season, Peters said he started to feel healthier as he got further away from the ACL injury that ended his 2017 season early. 

Since he arrived in 2009, Peters is the longest-tenured player on the roster. If he plays in all 16 games again this season, he will move into 16th-place all time in games played with the franchise. He has played in 127 games in 10 seasons with the Eagles and has been named to seven Pro Bowls in those 10 seasons. 

Had the Eagles moved on from Peters this offseason, their best option would have been to start Halapoulivaati Vaitai, Jordan Mailata or a draft pick coming in April. Mailata might be the future, but he’s still relatively new to American football. Maybe 2020 is more realistic. 

For now, here’s how the Eagles’ 2019 offensive line looks: Jason Peters, Isaac Seumalo, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks (recovering from Achilles tear) and Lane Johnson. That’s pretty good if Peters can stay healthy. 

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Jason Kelce egregiously snubbed by NFL's all-decade voters

Jason Kelce egregiously snubbed by NFL's all-decade voters

Jason Kelce was the best center in the NFL over the last decade and no fraud all-decade team is going to change that.

The NFL on Monday announced its team of the decade, and it was good to see LeSean McCoy, Darren Sproles, Fletcher Cox and Jason Peters named. All are deserving.

But the absence of Kelce is egregious. 

Not surprisingly, the same people who haven’t figured out that Eric Allen was one of the greatest cornerbacks to ever play the game — the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters — are the same people who have decided that Kelce wasn’t one of the two best centers in the NFL from 2010 through 2019.

Alex Mack and Maurkice Pouncey were the centers named to the team of the decade, and guess what.

Kelce has made first-team all-pro more than both of them combined.

Kelce three times, Pouncey twice, Mack zip.

Pouncey deserves one of the two slots. He’s made eight Pro Bowls with the Steelers and played on six playoff teams and a Super Bowl loser. Hell of a career.

Mack? Ask any defensive tackle in the NFL if he’d rather face Kelce or Alex Mack. 

Mack’s been a really good player, and he does have more Pro Bowls than Kelce. But he was a 1st-round pick, and those guys tend to make Pro Bowls much earlier than 6th-round picks like Kelce. 

Kelce didn’t make his first Pro Bowl until his fourth season, and he was absurdly snubbed in the Pro Bowl voting in 2017 and 2018, when he was the best center in football, made first-team all-pro both times and didn’t get picked to the Pro Bowl team.

Kelce is the only active player in the NFL that’s had two all-pro seasons in which he didn’t make the Pro Bowl and one of only six in history.

It’s tough making up ground when you’re a 6th-round pick. You come into the league with no hype, and unless you see the guy play every Sunday you can’t imagine he’s really that good.

The rest of the country finally realized in 2017 what we already knew. Kelce guy is a beast. It took way too long. And judging by this NFL all-decade team people still haven’t figured out how good he is.

Kelce has added a dimension of athleticism to the center position that may be unprecedented. What he lacks in size and strength he makes up for in determination, intelligence and leverage. 

Kelce is one of six centers in NFL history to make first-team all-pro three straight years, the only one to do it in the last 20 years. All the others are Hall of Famers.

He’s also one of only seven centers in NFL history to be named all-pro three times AND to win a Super Bowl or NFL Championship. He’s the only one to do it in the last 35 years.

Kelce did make the Pro Football Writers Association all-decade team, so at least somebody got it right.

The thing that’s really disturbing is that Kelce is building a Hall of Fame resume, and the people that snubbed him for this honor could very well do the same when he’s in the Hall of Fame conversation. All-decade teams are one of the leading criteria Hall of Fame voters cite when justifying their picks.

All I know is Kelce is one of the smartest, toughest guys I’ve ever seen. He’s played through injuries that would have ended most guys’ seasons and some guys’ careers.

And he’s done it at a consistently high level since beating out Jamaal Jackson for the starting job in the summer of 2011.

Kelce probably doesn’t give a darn about all this. He’s never been one to take individual honors seriously. That’s not why he plays the game. 

He plays the game for moments like Feb. 4, 2018, and that’s something that none of the so-called experts can ever take away.

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NFL to reverse controversial pass interference rule for 2020 season: report

NFL to reverse controversial pass interference rule for 2020 season: report

After a one-year flirtation with pass interference challenges didn't really solve anything, the NFL is expected to end the experiment.

Pass interference replay "almost certainly will not be extended", according to a report Monday from NFL.com's Judy Battista:

This isn't terribly surprising. The rule was put in place largely because Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints complained very loudly after an enormous missed call in the 2018-19 postseason.

That crucial uncalled pass interference, you might recall, was committed by new Eagles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman:

The 2019 regular season allowed coaches to challenge pass interference calls, either called or uncalled, but the results were a mixture of underwhelming and frustrating.

Eagles fans probably remember this very obvious Avonte Maddox pass interference that wasn't called, was challenged by Packers coach Matt LaFleur, and then still wasn't called:

That was insane.

"The cumulative effect of the misses, plus the replay spotlight on these misses, has really taken its toll," former NFL ref and current NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay told the New York Times last November.

The line for what constitutes pass interference was shown - as football watchers already knew - to be an indistinct and ever-moving line, and the ability to challenge the calls just created one more layer of aggrivation.

If the league does indeed remove the rule, it will be a victory. Fans, players, and coaches will still yell about missed pass interference calls - but at least they won't have to do it twice.

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