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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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Avonte Maddox loses memory to come up clutch in Eagles' win over Redskins

Avonte Maddox loses memory to come up clutch in Eagles' win over Redskins

LANDOVER, Maryland — As Nigel Bradham sprinted down the right sideline to cap off the Eagles’ 37-27 win at FedEx Field with a defensive touchdown, Avonte Maddox was running too and began to look for Eagles fans in the first few rows of the stadium. 

After the play, he jumped into the stands to celebrate. He deserved it. 

Maddox made some huge plays down the stretch … a little redemption. Because earlier on Sunday, he missed a few big ones. 

So what does it take to rebound from bad plays? 

“Short-term memory loss,” Maddox said. “That’s what it take. Don’t worry about what happened earlier and go on to the next play.”

The Eagles’ second-year cornerback missed a tackle on Terry McLaurin’s 75-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter and Steven Sims caught his 15-yard touchdown over him in the second quarter. He was on the wrong side of two huge plays. 

But Maddox made up for it late. 

On the Redskins’ penultimate drive, he broke up a deep pass on 2nd-and-10. On 3rd-and-10, he tackled Sims for a 9-yard gain to force Washington to kick a game-tying field goal. That gave the Eagles the ball back for the game-winning touchdown. 

And on the Redskins’ final drive with 32 seconds remaining, it was Maddox who flew into the backfield for a near sack on Dwayne Haskins on the aborted third-down play when Bradham took it to the house. 

That’s three huge plays in the game’s most critical moments. 

“I don’t think anybody in this locker room questions Avonte at all,” safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “He missed a tackle early in the game, they made a really good catch in the end zone. Avonte is a really consistent player, makes plays all the time. I don’t think anybody is surprised that he made those plays down the stretch.”

We always hear how important it is for cornerbacks to have that short-term memory loss, but it’s probably problematic just how often the Eagles feel the need to bring that up. You only need to have that memory loss when there’s something to forget. There’s been plenty for these corners to forget this season. 

Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Maddox and others have given up big plays all season. The Eagles’ defense has been good at times and bad at others. The secondary continues to be just as inconsistent. 

And this hasn’t really been a very good season for Maddox. Even aside from the friendly fire hit he took in Green Bay that forced him out for a month, he hasn’t been nearly as good as he was as a rookie in 2018. There’s probably some reason for concern. 

But on Sunday night, none of that seemed to matter. They won the game. 

Sure, the Eagles needed a comeback to take down a lowly Redskins team and have now been in close games against a bunch of bottom-feeder teams in the last three weeks. 

Sure, in those three weeks, the defense has given up an average of 27 points per game. 

“We really don’t care,” Jenkins said. “We’re not out here trying to be the 2000 Ravens or the (1985) Bears or anything like that. We are the 2019 Philadelphia Eagles. And right now, we just have to show up and be good enough to give our team a chance to win and we’ve done that the last two weeks.”

Even after giving up plays early, Maddox made plays with the game on the line. So he’ll look back at the tape and try to correct those mistakes, but on Sunday night, he got to enjoy the afterglow of a win. And he deserved it.

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'Foles this, Foles that:' Brandon Brooks' passionate defense of Carson Wentz

'Foles this, Foles that:' Brandon Brooks' passionate defense of Carson Wentz

LANDOVER, Md. — Brandon Brooks was marveling about Carson Wentz after the game.

How he could go out and throw for 266 yards, throw 3 TDs and no interceptions and rally the Eagles to a late win in the final seconds for a second straight week.

And how he could do it without Alshon Jeffery, without DeSean Jackson, without Jordan Howard, without Nelson Agholor.

And still not be appreciated?

Because ... because who knows.

I think the thing that’s hard for him,” Brooks said, “is being the face of the franchise and everybody remembering him being the MVP in the 2017 season and that’s the bar that he’s being held to that’s set and it doesn’t matter what he has around him.

Wentz the last couple weeks has played at a high level — granted against losing opponents — while working with a rookie running back and three receivers and a running back who were on the practice squad earlier this year.

No, Wentz isn’t perfect. The fumbles are an issue. He did miss a few open guys Sunday in the first half of the Eagles’ 37-27 win. 

But to do what he’s done with what he has around him? Brooks thought it was important to remind Wentz a couple weeks ago that if he's hearing outside noise he needs to ignore it. 

I just told him, ‘Don’t ever think that any loss we ever have as a team is solely on you,’ because it’s not,” Brooks said. “The world makes it seem that way because he’s the franchise guy and he’s got all this money and he’s supposed to be X, Y and Z and Foles this, Foles that. But don’t think for a second any loss is all you. Because it’s not. And I just wanted to let him know what he’s been able to do with what he has? He’s been playing well. He’s been balling all season. So it’s really just hat’s off to you. His resilience. His toughness. His mental toughness. You name it.

Wentz was out there Sunday without a single receiver or running back that was in the NFL last year. 

That’s not actually true. Josh Perkins caught five passes last year.

But let’s be honest. Wentz is the least of the Eagles' problems.

The last couple weeks, he's made plays and found ways to win game at the end, and he's done it with a bunch of guys nobody had heard of a year ago.

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