An end to an era for the Philadelphia Eagles organization. The Eagles announced on Twitter Thursday that the team will let left tackle Jason Peters test free agency this offseason.
NFL players’ agents can start negotiating with teams on March 16th at noon EST and teams can begin signing players March 18th at 4:00 pm EST.
Peters has been considered one of the best left tackles in the NFL and a stable on the Eagles offensive line. He started in Buffalo with the Bills in 2004 until being traded to the Eagles in 2009. Peters has so far appeared in nine Pro Bowls and two first team All Pro selections (both with Eagles). The left tackle is expected to make the hall of fame with his deep resume.
The main issues he’s been facing the last few seasons is nagging injuries. Peters leg injuries have kept him out for one or multiple games in the last three to four seasons.
The Eagles are planning on moving forward with Andre Dillard to take over at left tackle. Dillard was drafted by the team in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft to replace Peters.
In terms of free agency, Peters should have suitors looking for a veteran lineman to protect their quarterbacks’ blind side. Age will be a concern since he is 38 and may not have too much left in the tank.
Expect him to sign a one year contract with a team in the offseason. He should be seen as someone that can help develop a future tackle like he did for Dillard in Philadelphia. The Cleveland Browns could be in consideration for signing him to protect quarterback Baker Mayfield.