ST. PAUL, Minn. — Jason Peters said that he intends to play next season.
The 36-year-old tackle suffered a season-ending knee injury in October. Despite his advanced age and the possibility that the Eagles may not bring him back for a 10th season with the team, Peters said he’ll be playing somewhere in the NFL.
“They hadn’t asked me, but I’m going to be back,” Peters said Monday when asked if he’s had any conversations with Eagles brass about his future. “Step out on a limb, if they don’t want me, I’m still [going] somewhere.”
Peters tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee early in the second half of the Redskins game on Oct. 23. As he was carted off the field, Eagles fans serenaded the Pro Bowl tackle by chanting his name. Peters said he knew instantly that his season was over.
But he also knew that he wanted to play a 15th NFL season. He said his rehab has been going as scheduled.
“It’s going good. I’m like three months out. I’m back running,” Peters said during Super Bowl LII Media Night. “I did like 845 [pounds] on the leg press the other day. So I’m getting back strong.”
Peters, who turned 36 earlier this month, said that he expects to be ready to practice in June but that he would probably wait until training camp to be a full participant. He said he’s yet to think beyond 2018 even though he’s under contract through 2019.
The Eagles extended Peters last offseason and he is slated to have an $11,666,666 salary cap number in 2018 and $10,666,668 in 2019. The Eagles would have to eat $6,333,334 of his salary for next season if they were to release him.
“I’m playing good,” Peters said. “It’s not like I’m out there giving up a bunch of sacks or playing sloppy. I love this game and I’m going to go as long as I can.”
Peters has remained involved in the team, mostly by helping his replacement, Halapoulivaati Vaitai. He had never previously been a part of team that won a playoff game. He won’t get to play in his first Super Bowl, but Peters said he hasn’t wallowed in self-pity.
“I play through Lane [Johnson], big [Brandon] Brooks, [Jason] Kelce, “ Peters said, “Those guys they go out and play for me, so it’s not bothering me none.”