For the first time since 2008, Jason Peters will be lining up for a team that isn’t the Philadelphia Eagles. The 39-year-old free agent offensive tackle is signing with the Chicago Bears, according to his agent.
Peters previously expressed interest in playing football in 2021 despite his age and struggles to stay healthy. He knew he likely wouldn’t be back with the Eagles, though. Everyone else had the same expectation.
REVIEW: The Eagles re-signed Peters in July after Brandon Brooks suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. The plan was to have Peters be a full-time starter at right guard for the first time in his career. After Dillard suffered a season-ending injury of his own, Peters remained at right guard until the Eagles gave in to his demands to pay him more to play left tackle. Peters repaid the team by struggling at left tackle and going on injured reserve after Week 3. The Eagles later activated Peters from IR to have him start at left tackle again despite Mailata’s success at that position. Just silly. Peters struggled in pass protection as he played through a toe injury. He was eventually shut down for the season ahead of Week 14.
OUTLOOK: Peters is one of the greatest players in franchise history. He’s a future Hall of Famer. But his time with the Eagles should FINALLY be over. There’s no place for the 39-year-old on a “retooling” team. JP should probably just retire but it sounds like he still wants to play. Perhaps he’ll try to chase another ring.
Signing with the Bears doesn’t exactly look like ‘ring chasing,’ though, considering their starting quarterback is either Andy Dalton or Justin Fields. And I know some are excited about the latter but, c’mon, he’s a rookie.
The Bears were in need of a left tackle with 2021 second-round pick Teven Jenkins missing 12 practices due to a back injury. And Chicago is especially desperate to win this year with both head coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace seemingly on the hot seat.
Speaking of the former, Nagy and Peters overlapped in Philly together from 2009 through 2012. Peters is also reunited with former Eagles and current Bears offensive line coach Juan Castillo in Chicago.
The Eagles don’t play the Bears this season if you were wondering, so they won’t be facing off against JP. Still, his status will be worth monitoring as it relates to the Bears’ overall success. Keep in mind the New York Giants own the Bears’ first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Not good for the Eagles if NYG ends up getting a high selection there.
Bringing it back to the Eagles, the team has seemingly found a promising successor to Peters in Jordan Mailata. The Birds would be lucky if he can have anything close to the type of career that Peters has had. Ideally, he’ll still be in place when the Eagles eventually bring Peters back for his retirement ceremony.
Eagles 2021 free agents update
TE Richard Rodgers — Re-signs 1-year contract
DT Hassan Ridgeway — Re-signs 1-year contract
LB Alex Singleton — Re-signs 1-year ERFA tender
WR Greg Ward — Re-signs 1-year ERFA tender
RB Boston Scott — Re-signs 1-year ERFA tender
S Jalen Mills — Signs 4-year, $24 million contract with the New England Patriots
P Cameron Johnston — Signs 3-year, $8 million contract with the Houston Texans
DE Vinny Curry — Signs 1-year, $1.3 million contract with the New York Jets
LB Duke Riley — Signs 1-year contract with the Miami Dolphins
QB Nate Sudfeld — Signs 1-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers
RB Corey Clement — Signs 1-year contract with the New York Giants
CB Cre’Von LeBlanc — Signs 1-year contract with the Miami Dolphins
TE Josh Perkins — Signs 1-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers
CB Nickell Robey-Coleman — Signs 1-year contract with the Detroit Lions
OT Jason Peters — Signs 1-year contract with the Chicago Bears
LB Nathan Gerry — Waived by 49ers after originally signing 1-year contract