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Eagles sign Jason Peters to 1-year contract extension

Eagles sign Jason Peters to 1-year contract extension

Jason Peters said he wanted some more contract stability. 

A day later, Jason Peters got some more contract stability. 

The Eagles on Wednesday morning signed the veteran left tackle to a one-year extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2019 season.

"It means a lot. This is reassurance that I'm going to retire here and don't have to go year to year. It's just another way of them reassuring that I'm going to be here," Peters said, via the team's website. "I love Mr. (Jeffrey) Lurie, the whole organization, the City of Philadelphia, and the fans. It speaks volumes for them to still look at me that way, it's nothing but love." 

The next three years on his contract are now worth a maximum of $32.5 million, with $15.5 in guaranteed money and Peters was handed an $8 million signing bonus, according to a league source. 

So basically, this deal gives Peters more stability and with the signing bonus, should also give the Eagles some extra cap room this season, when they didn't have much. 

"I'm just glad he's here," head coach Doug Pederson said, "that I get to work with him now for the next few years." 

Peters, who will turn 36 in January, had two years (2017, 2018) left on his current contract, but was seeking more guaranteed money before he entered this season. He was set to count for $11.7 million against the cap in 2017. 

After somewhat of a down season in 2015, new head coach Pederson worked with Peters to manage his health in 2016. 

"I know that the way we handled him last year, he started 16 games for us, he was a Pro Bowl left tackle," Pederson said on Wednesday. "And those are some of the same things we will continue to do with him and same way with Brent Celek and other guys on the team. We were able to manage their reps and keep them healthy for 16 weeks. We'll try to keep that same formula going." 

"To be honest with you, since I've been here, [Peters] had his best year," offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland said earlier this week. "I think he was fresh all the way through the entire season." 

He admitted on Tuesday that part of the reason he stayed away from OTAs was because of his contract (see story)

"A little bit," Peters said. "I want to retire here. I don't want to go anywhere. Plus, I wanted to rest a little bit.

"I show up every year. I don't miss a day. I just wanted to rest a little bit this year."

The Eagles asked Peters to take a pay cut during the offseason in January. 

He declined. 

"They're going to send you the lowest bid they can," Peters said. "Nothing against them and nothing against me — it's business."

Peters is entering his 14th NFL season and his ninth with the Eagles. The nine-time Pro Bowler and future Hall of Famer has made it clear that he wants to retire with the Eagles. He has previously said he really wants to try to win a Super Bowl and hopes Carson Wentz will be ready to do that before he retires.

"I hope so. I really hope so," Peters said in December (see story). "Because I really want a ring. It would be sad to play all these years and not even get close."

While the Eagles have Lane Johnson (on a big contract himself) waiting to be the left tackle of the future, that future got pushed off more Wednesday. On Wednesday, Pederson opened the door to possibly moving Peters to guard sometime during the next three years, but said he's definitely the left tackle of 2017. 

"In the future, that's something we would definitely cross that bridge ... if we needed to move him inside, for instance," Pederson said. "But right now, he's left tackle and Lane is right." 

If Peters plays through the 2019 season, he'll be 38. 

"Like I said, I want to retire here," Peters said. "I don't want to be year-to-year, doubting. 'Are they going to release me? Are they going to do this?' Taking pay cuts and all of that.

"I want to make sure I have the reassurance that I'm going to retire here, don't have to worry about it, show up and show out."

Eagle Eye podcast: A wild win in Washington

Eagle Eye podcast: A wild win in Washington

On the latest Eagle Eye podcast presented by Nissan, Reuben Frank and Dave Zangaro break down the Eagles’ wild win over the Redskins. 

Looking at the playoff picture. Carson Wentz’s good and bad plays. Miles Sanders is a stud. All the young guys are balling. 

• Big picture 
• Carson Wentz good and bad 
• Miles Sanders carries the load
• Greg Ward comes through late 
• Boston Scott has earned his role 
• All the young guys are earning it  
• The defense is a problem 
• Looking ahead to the Dallas matchup 

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Greg Ward plays hero with same mindset that got him here

Greg Ward plays hero with same mindset that got him here

LANDOVER, Maryland — As the game-winning touchdown pass off Carson Wentz’s hand floated toward the back of the end zone, Greg Ward Jr. was thinking one thing. 

It’s pretty much the same thing he’s been thinking about for the last few years. 

“It’s mine regardless,” Ward said. “That was my whole mindset.”

There was no doubt in Ward’s mind that he was going to make that game-winning catch, just like there was no doubt he was going to be successful in the NFL. 

No matter how long it took. 

There really is something about the power of positivity. 

On Sunday, the 24-year-old Ward soared high to catch the pass over former Pro Bowler Josh Norman in the back of the end zone. It gave the Eagles a lead with just 32 seconds remaining in their 37-27 win over the Redskins at FedEx Field. 

On Sunday night, Ward was asked if he could have imagined making a catch like that when he was playing for the San Antonio Commanders of the short-lived Alliance of American Football. 

Of course he could. 

“You always think about big catches like that,” Ward said. “It is truly a blessing to be in that position and in that environment. I am truly blessed.”

It wasn’t just the game-winning catch either. In fact, on the game-winning drive, he ended up with four catches for 40 yards. And five of his seven catches on Sunday came in the fourth quarter. 

The former University of Houston quarterback, who was most recently called back up from the practice squad on Nov. 23, is pretty clutch. 

In a wild season, Ward’s journey has become one of the best stories of the year. Last week, Boston Scott credited Ward’s positive attitude for some of his success. Scott said the two have become close friends over the last couple of years and travel to the team facility together. That constant positivity rubbed off on Scott. 

Last week was the Boston Scott game. This week, Ward became the hero. 

“You couldn’t write a better story, man,” said Scott, who got a little emotional. “And to see story after story develop like that, it’s just insane man. God is just so good, man. I love seeing my boys eat. I love seeing my guys eat.”

Ward went undrafted out of Houston in 2017. The 5-11 college quarterback had the athleticism to make it in the NFL but had to learn the position. Now, that background as a quarterback might be helping him succeed. Even Jason Kelce said his background as a linebacker helps him play center; so there really is something to this. 

“I think he’s able to see the field very similar to Carson because he played quarterback,” Brandon Brooks said. “He’s been doing it in practice all year, so I don’t think anybody’s shocked or surprised. I’m just happy that everybody else is seeing it now and he’s getting the recognition he deserves. I’m happy for him.”

In the last three years, Ward has been waived from the roster or cut from the practice squad a total of six times. His transaction history with the Eagles reads like a CVS receipt. 

But he never gave up. 

And his first NFL touchdown was a game-winner with 32 seconds remaining in a very important game. The football will be an early Christmas present for his mom. 

“It just feels great, man,” he said. “It’s a blessing, man. Been through a lot. I’m here now, so that’s all I’m worried about.”

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