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Jason Peters signs five-year contract extension through 2018

The Eagles signed All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters to a five-year contract extension through 2018.

Jason Peters signs five-year contract extension through 2018

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The Eagles signed All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters to a five-year contract extension through 2018.

Peters, who turned 32 in January, was entering the final year of a deal that would have paid him $9.65 million this season. The new deal is for five years, $51.3 million with $19.55 million guaranteed, The Inquirer's Jeff McLane confirmed. It locks him up through his age 36 season.

Peters, who has been with the Eagles since 2009, missed all of 2012 with a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon. He returned to Pro Bowl-form under Chip Kelly this season, proving to be a key part of one of the NFL's top offenses.

There aren’t many people cut from the same cloth as Jason Peters,” Eagles coach Chip Kelly said in a statement. “To be able to bounce back from two Achilles injuries and return to an All-Pro level speaks not only to his incredible athleticism, but proves just how hard he works at his game. Having him at left tackle provides a lot of comfort to our quarterback and to our entire offense. He’s a guy that many players look up to in our locker room.”

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A six-time Pro Bowler, the new deal could keep Peters in Philadelphia for the remainder of his career. It also keeps stability on the two ends of the offensive line. The Eagles drafted Lane Johnson in the first round last season and Johnson started 16 games at right tackles. The Eagles now have both of their tackles locked up for at least the next three seasons.

“Jason is everything you look for in a left tackle,” Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said. “The unique blend of size, speed and athleticism that Jason possesses is something that everyone wants in an offensive lineman. However, what really makes him unique is his desire to improve day in and day out despite the fact that he’s played at an elite level for so many years. We are truly rewarding Jason’s excellence, as he’s a guy who has made six Pro Bowl appearances and has been selected an All-Pro five times. We’re excited to be able to keep him in Philadelphia for years to come.”

Peters will meet with reporters on Wednesday afternoon. More to come then. 

Inquirer Staff Writer
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