There’s recently been an increasing sense that the Philadelphia Eagles might actually bring back 38-year-old Jason Peters back for another season. While that possibility hasn’t been entirely ruled out, NFL insider Mike Garafolo reports the Eagles WILL at least let Peters test the open market.
The #Eagles are expected to let Jason Peters hit the free agent market, sources say. After 11 years with the team, the nine-time Pro Bowl selection could be headed elsewhere, though the parties will remain in contact.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 5, 2020
UPDATE: The Eagles also put out an official statement.
Again, it should be stressed that this news doesn’t necessarily guarantee Peters WON’T be back. There’s reportedly a faction within the NovaCare Complex that wants him to be the Eagles’ left tackle in 2020. There’s been talk that the coaching staff doesn’t fully trust 2019 first-round pick Andre Dillard to take over as the full-time starter.
But the feeling here is that the Eagles need to move on from Peters. Dillard showed some level of promise as a rookie and the team needs to give him an opportunity to actually prove himself. It’d be very disappointing if the Eagles’ 25-year-old second-year blocker is on the bench while first-round tackles from the 2020 NFL Draft are starting as 21-year-old rookies. There’s no real precedent for a first-round pick to sit out his first two seasons.
The Eagles not being in a rush to re-sign Peters before free agency starts seems like a positive sign. We’ll see if the team actually plans to move on from Peters if/when they fail to beat an offer he receives from another team in free agency.
If Peters does actually move on, it sure will be weird to see him playing for another team. He’s been with the Eagles since being acquired in a trade with the Buffalo Bills back in 2009. Peters should always be revered as a future Hall of Famer and one of the best left tackles to ever play the game. With that said, it’s time for the Eagles to turn the page.