Jason Peters has won a lot of battles in his outstanding career at the left tackle spot in the NFL. Well, it seems that he has won another tussle, this time against his current team the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Peters will return for the Birds next year at the same base salary $10.45 million as his current contract allows. He is not taking a pay cut.
There had been a report a couple of weeks ago about Peters being asked by the Eagles to take a pay cut. The report intimated that the Eagles would make up their minds of what to do if he refused. Clearly Peters, who was coming off another Pro Bowl season, had plenty of leverage, because a player of his skill level would be scooped up immediately by antlers team, if he were to become available.
The potential Hall of Fame offensive tackle seems to be doing better health-wise now that Chip Kelly is no longer the team’s head coach. Kelly pushed Peters and other veteran players to play and practice at a breakneck speed, which seemed to hurt them physically. The damage showed up with guys like Peters coming down with multiple injuries and missing playing time.
Peters, who is 35, had a good year health-wise in 2016-17 and is looking forward to continuing on that level in the 2017-18 season.