Former Arkansas player Jason Peters’ team-first attitude is nothing new to Hog fans but everybody covering the NFL seemed a little surprised at his decision over the holiday weekend.
“Jason Peters came into my office this morning and he has decided to slide over to left tackle,” Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said Monday. “This is the unselfishness [of Peters]. This is who he is. He sacrifices not only his body but for the football team. … I’m thrilled to death.”
He was expected to play right guard, but has put together a career over 16 seasons that should land the former Razorback in the Hall of Fame … if he ever quits playing.
A league source told ESPN that Peters’ contract has not been reworked as of yet and added Peters made the move because he cares about the team.
He signed a one-year, $3 million deal this offseason to play guard after Brandon Brooks was lost to an Achilles injury. The contract is worth up to $6 million in incentives but does not include language related to moving to tackle.
Quarterback Carson Wentz was glad to see the guy moving there that’s protected his blindside nearly his entire time with the Eagles.
“We call him The Bodyguard for a reason,” Wentz told ESPN. “He’s been the guy out there and done a great job.”
Philadelphia lost 2019 first-round pick Andre Dillard for the season with a torn biceps in late August. But Peters remained at right guard in practice and wanted a pay raise before making the move, according to sources.