Jason Peters
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Peters with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017
Personal information
Born: (1982-01-22) January 22, 1982 (age 40)
Queen City, Texas
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:328 lb (149 kg)
Career information
High school:Queen City (TX)
College:Arkansas
Position:Offensive tackle
Undrafted:2004
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Games played:228
Games started:218
Receptions:2
Receiving yards:5
Receiving touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jason Raynard Peters (born January 22, 1982) is an American football offensive tackle who is a free agent. He played college football at Arkansas and signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004, originally as a tight end. He was later traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009 and spent the next twelve seasons playing for them before joining the Chicago Bears in 2021.

College career

After starring in both football and basketball at Queen City High School (TX), Peters attended the University of Arkansas and played for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. Originally recruited as a defensive tackle, he spent his freshman campaign as a reserve defensive lineman. He was then moved to the tight end spot, where he caught four passes for 37 yards as a sophomore. In his junior season, Peters registered 21 catches for 218 yards and four touchdowns, which earned him a second-team All-SEC selection.

Professional career

2004 NFL Draft

A fairly athletic tight end at more than 320 pounds, Peters was seen as "a clone of former Denver Broncos giant Orson Mobley."[1] Since he registered far more knockdown blocks (61) than catches (21) in his last year in college, Peters spent much time prior to the 2004 NFL Draft working O-line drills, preparing himself to be an offensive tackle for the NFL. He was projected as an early fourth round pick by Sports Illustrated,[2] but eventually went undrafted.

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 4+12 in
(1.94 m)
328 lb
(149 kg)
33+18 in
(0.84 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.89 s 1.73 s 2.91 s 4.75 s 7.70 s 33.5 in
(0.85 m)
9 ft 7 in
(2.92 m)
25 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[3][4]

Buffalo Bills

Peters was picked up by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent in April 2004. He was cut then re-signed to the Bills' practice squad. He was signed to the active roster on November 12, 2004.[5] Peters made his mark on special teams as a wedge buster on kickoffs and as a blocking tight end, while beginning to learn to play offensive tackle under the tutelage of offensive line coach Jim McNally.

In 2006, Peters beat out former Texas star Mike Williams for starting right tackle on the Bills. Peters was rewarded for his play, signing a 5-year, $15 million contract extension with the Bills in the offseason. In 2007, Peters began the season entrenched as the starting right tackle. After Week 7, the Bills reshuffled their offensive line to better protect quarterback J. P. Losman. Peters was moved to left tackle, replacing Mike Gandy who moved inside to left guard.

After the 2006 season, Sports Illustrated's Paul Zimmerman debated selecting Peters to his All-Pro team. "I was rooting for the Bills' Jason Peters, whom I would have loved to pick, but he isn't there yet. Very athletic, but not enough of a roughneck." [6] Peters allowed only two sacks in that season and was not called for a holding penalty.[7]

In 2007, Peters saw his best years as a pro, and was selected to start at left tackle on the AFC Pro-Bowl team. As offensive line coach Jim McNally put it, "His ability is limitless." He injured his groin in a game against the New York Giants, and was unable to attend the Pro Bowl game. He was the first Bills offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl since Ruben Brown in 2003. Joe Thomas was selected to replace him in the Pro Bowl.[5]

At the beginning of the 2008 offseason Peters was unhappy with his contract and did not report to any of the Bills offseason workouts including the teams' mandatory minicamps. Head Coach Dick Jauron said that he would be fined and would even be taken out of the lineup if he did not show.[citation needed] Peters reportedly wanted a contract between $8 million and $11.5 million per season in a contract extension.[8] On July 25, 2008, the NFL Network's Adam Schefter reported Peters would not report to the Bills' training camp at Saint John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y. Schefter also said Peters was willing to sit out the entire season to get a new and improved contract.[9] On August 20, 2008, training camp for the Bills came to an end with Peters being absent for the whole camp and all of the preseason games. On September 5, 2008, Peters ended his holdout and returned to the Buffalo Bills. Peters was fined over $560,000 for missing all of training camp, but if he had missed a regular season game, he would have been fined $191,000 for each game he missed.

Peters was selected as the starting left tackle in the Pro Bowl and was a Second-team All-Pro although his 2008 season was subpar and some[who?] thought the Pro Bowl selection was dubious.[10] In 2006, he allowed only two sacks and allowed six sacks in 2007.[11]

Philadelphia Eagles

Peters had been unhappy with his contract and had not been attending the Bills’ offseason activities after staging a holdout in 2008 during training camp. On April 17, 2009, the Buffalo Bills traded Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles and received their first round pick (28th overall, used to select center Eric Wood) and fourth round pick (121st overall, used to select tight end Shawn Nelson) in the 2009 NFL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft (used to select linebacker Danny Batten).

On April 17, 2009, the Philadelphia Eagles announced they had signed Peters to a six-year, $60 million contract for him to remain in Philadelphia through 2014. The Eagles opted to void Peters' previous contract he signed with the Bills that had two years remaining.[12] Head coach Andy Reid added, "Jason Peters is the best left tackle in football. He is a powerful and athletic tackle and I have admired his play over the last few years on film."[12]

Peters was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl and 2011 Pro Bowl as a starter and was a 2010 second team All-Pro selection.

Peters in 2016
Peters in 2016

On March 28, 2012, Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. He ruptured it a second time in May 2012 after the equipment he was using to move around his house malfunctioned.[13] He was placed on the active/non-football injury list on July 22, 2012, before the start of training camp.

On February 26, 2014, Peters signed a new five-year deal worth $51.3 million with the Eagles.[14]

During a game against the Washington Redskins on September 21, 2014, Redskins player Chris Baker tried to take out Eagles Quarterback Nick Foles with a cheap shot. Following the hit, a brawl broke out on the sidelines between both teams. Baker was confronted by Peters, who then took a swing at Baker which resulted in both players getting ejected in the scuffle.[15][16] On September 27, 2014, Peters was fined $10,000.

On June 14, 2017, Peters signed a one-year contract extension with the Eagles through the 2019 season.[17] On October 23, 2017, during Monday Night Football against the Redskins, Peters left the game with an apparent right knee injury. The next night, it was revealed that his right knee had tears to the ACL and MCL, which ended his 2017 season.[18][19] The Eagles went on to win Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots 41–33, giving Peters his first Super Bowl ring.[20]

On March 11, 2019, the Eagles signed Peters on a one-year contract for the 2019 season.[21] On July 17, 2020, Peters signed another one-year contract with the Eagles. He was set to start at right guard following a season-ending injury to Brandon Brooks,[22] but was moved back to left tackle following a season-ending injury to Andre Dillard.[23] He was given a restructured contract after his move to left tackle on September 10, 2020.[24] He was placed on injured reserve on October 3, 2020 with a foot injury.[25] He was activated on October 31, 2020.[26] He was placed back on injured reserve on December 12, 2020, ending his season.[27]

Chicago Bears

On August 16, 2021, Peters signed with the Chicago Bears.[28]

References

  1. ^ Bell, Jarrett (April 19, 2004), "Peters intrigues experts", USA Today
  2. ^ "2004 NFL Draft: Jason Peters", SI.com
  3. ^ "2004 Draft Scout Jason Peters, Arkansas NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  4. ^ "Jason Peters 2004 NFL Draft Profile". insider.espn.com. Retrieved April 3, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Buffalo Bills Roster".
  6. ^ "Sports Illustrated online, January 5, 2007".
  7. ^ Stats, Inc. Archived April 21, 2009, at archive.today
  8. ^ "Bills faced with raising the ceiling".
  9. ^ Brown; NFL Network says Peters to hold out, BuffaloBills.com, July 25, 2008
  10. ^ MSNBC.com[dead link] "Getting it wrong: Top 10 Pro Bowl snubs", December 18, 2008.
  11. ^ CBS2 Chicago - Stats, Inc. Archived April 21, 2009, at archive.today
  12. ^ a b Caplan, Adam (April 17, 2009), "Peters to Eagles Now Official", Scout.com, archived from the original on April 21, 2009
  13. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (May 14, 2012). "Eagles LT Jason Peters ruptures his Achilles again". NFL.com. Retrieved July 22, 2012.
  14. ^ "Eagles agree with OT Peters on $51.3M deal". February 26, 2014.
  15. ^ Gowton, Brandon Lee (September 22, 2014). "Eagles-Redskins: NFL Rulebook explains why Chris Baker's hit on Nick Foles was illegal". Yahoo. Retrieved September 22, 2014.
  16. ^ Florio, Mike (September 21, 2014). "No suspension for Baker or Peters, but a "ton of fines" coming". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved September 21, 2014.
  17. ^ McPherson, Chris (June 14, 2017). "Jason Peters Signs A One-Year Extension". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Archived from the original on September 14, 2017. Retrieved June 14, 2017.
  18. ^ Wesseling, Chris. "Jason Peters out for the season with torn ACL, MCL". NFL. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  19. ^ McPherson, Chris (October 25, 2017). "With Jason Peters Placed On Injured Reserve, Eagles Re-Sign Taylor Hart". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  20. ^ "Eagles dethrone Tom Brady, Patriots for first Super Bowl title in stunner". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  21. ^ "Roster Move: #Eagles have signed T Jason Peters to a one-year contract for the 2019 season". Twitter. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
  22. ^ McPherson, Chris (July 17, 2020). "Eagles officially sign guard Jason Peters; waive tight end Alex Ellis". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  23. ^ McManus, Tim (September 7, 2020). "Jason Peters agrees to move back to left tackle for Eagles". ESPN. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  24. ^ Spadaro, Dave (September 10, 2020). "Eagles sign Jason Peters to a restructured contract for the 2020 season". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved September 25, 2020.
  25. ^ McPherson, Chris (October 3, 2020). "Eagles sign WR Travis Fulgham, C Luke Juriga, and RB Adrian Killins from the practice squad to the active roster". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  26. ^ McPherson, Chris (October 31, 2020). "Roster Moves: Eagles activate LB T.J. Edwards, S Rudy Ford, TE Dallas Goedert, T Jason Peters, and WR Jalen Reagor from Injured Reserve". PhiladelphiaEagles.com.
  27. ^ McPherson, Chris (December 12, 2020). "Roster Moves: Eagles promote CB Kevon Seymour to the active roster; place G Jason Peters on Injured Reserve". PhiladelphiaEagles.com. Retrieved January 27, 2021.
  28. ^ "Jason Peters returns to the NFL with the Chicago Bears". Sport-Journal.com. August 14, 2021. Retrieved August 14, 2021.

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