Eagles Committing To Players In The Fold
Coming on the heels of a 10 win season the Eagles are prescribing to the philosophy of not fixing what isn’t broken. The team illustrated that point yesterday by signing longstanding left tackle Jason Peters to a five year, $51 million contract extension.
The deal will almost certainly lock up the All-Pro tackle for the remainder of his career. Peters is coming off a stellar comeback season in which he recovered from a torn ACL.
Peters led an Eagles offensive line that became one of the most solid and consistent parts of their scoring attack.
Peters is happy to be a member of the Eagle and wants to retire in Philadelphia.
“They didn’t want to risk losing me and I didn’t want to go anywhere, and I let them know that,” Peters said. “I want to retire here. I love this organization. I love Philly.”
Peters also garnered praise from Chip Kelly.
“There aren’t many people cut from the same cloth as Jason Peters,” said Kelly. “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.”
News also broke last night that the team is close to retaining WR Riley Cooper per a report from Eagles beat reporter, Jeff McLane. Cooper is coming off his best season by far as an Eagles. He caught 47 passes for 835 yards and eight touchdowns. He played a major role in the offense once Nick Foles took over the starting quarterback job.
Hours later, several outlets reported that Cooper would sign a 4-year contract extension at some point today.
Cooper backed up his offseason N-word turmoil with a stellar season and it seems the team is about ready to commit to him long-term. McLane also noted that the Birds appear poised to sign Jeremy Maclin to a one-year “show me” deal following his torn ACL.
The Eagles reportedly will also look to extend center Jason Kelce.
The Birds are handling their in house issues first as they continue to prepare for free agency which is right around the corner.
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