Peters with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017
|No. 71 – Philadelphia Eagles|
January 22, 1982 |
Queen City, Texas
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||328 lb (149 kg)|
|High school:||Queen City (TX)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2017|
|Player stats at PFR|
Jason Raynard Peters (born January 22, 1982) is an American football offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004, originally as a tight end. He played college football at Arkansas.
After starring in both football and basketball at Queen City High School (TX), Peters attended the University of Arkansas and played for the Arkansas Razorbacks football team. Originally recruited as a defensive tackle, he spent his freshman campaign as a reserve defensive lineman. He was then moved to the tight end spot, where he caught four passes for 37 yards as a sophomore. In his junior season, Peters registered 21 catches for 218 yards and four touchdowns, which earned him a second-team All-SEC selection.
A fairly athletic offensive tackle at more than 320 pounds, Peters was seen as "a clone of former Denver Broncos giant Orson Mobley." Since he registered far more knockdown blocks (61) than catches (21) in his last year in college, Peters spent much time prior to the 2004 NFL Draft working O-line drills, commending himself as an offensive tackle for the NFL. He was projected as an early fourth round pick by Sports Illustrated, but eventually went undrafted.
|Ht||Wt||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 4 1⁄2 in
|4.93 s||1.89 s||2.98 s||4.79 s||7.72 s||31 1⁄2 in
|9 ft 7 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Peters was picked up by the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted rookie free agent in April 2004. He was cut then re-signed to the Bills' practice squad. He was signed to the active roster on November 12, 2004. Peters made his mark on special teams as a feared wedge buster on kickoffs and as a blocking tight end, while beginning to learn to play offensive tackle under the tutelage of offensive line coach Jim McNally.
In 2006, Peters beat out former Texas star Mike Williams for starting right tackle on the Bills. Peters was rewarded for his play, signing a 5-year, $15 million contract extension with the Bills in the offseason.
In 2007, Peters began the season entrenched as the starting right tackle. After Week 7, the Bills reshuffled their offensive line to better protect quarterback J. P. Losman. Peters was moved to left tackle, replacing Mike Gandy who moved inside to left guard.
After the 2006 season, Sports Illustrated 's Paul Zimmerman debated selecting Peters to his All-Pro team. "I was rooting for the Bills' Jason Peters, whom I would have loved to pick, but he isn't there yet. Very athletic, but not enough of a roughneck."  Peters allowed only two sacks in that season and was not called for a holding penalty.
In 2007, Peters saw his best years as a pro, and was selected to start at left tackle on the AFC Pro-Bowl team. It came after an overall dominating season, and was very little surprise to many around the league. As offensive line coach Jim McNally put it, "His ability is limitless." He injured his groin in a game against the New York Giants, and was unable to attend the Pro Bowl game. He was the first Bills offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl since Ruben Brown in 2003. Joe Thomas was selected to replace him in the Pro Bowl. 
At the beginning of the 2008 offseason Peters was unhappy with his contract and did not report to any of the Bills offseason workouts including the teams' mandatory minicamps. Head Coach Dick Jauron has said that he will be fined and will even be taken out of the lineup if he does not show.
"I thought Jason would be at our mandatory minicamp, but that’s a decision he’s made and he’ll be fined," Jauron said. "I wish he was here, obviously. But also on the flip side of it, for me, I have lots of other things going on. The guys that are here are working really hard, so we’ll work with those guys."
Fueling Peters' angst was that he was only the third highest-paid offensive lineman on the team despite being the Bills' only Pro Bowl blocker. Before the 2007 season, Buffalo gave two sizable contracts to free agent offensive linemen. Left guard Derrick Dockery was lured away from the Washington Redskins with a 7-year, $49 million contract with $18 million signing bonus, the third largest in NFL history at his position. Right tackle Langston Walker came in from the Oakland Raiders, signing a 5-year, $25 million contract with a $10 million bonus. When comparing Peters to players on other teams, the Seattle Seahawks' left tackle, Walter Jones, the NFC's starting left tackle in last year's Pro Bowl, was under a contract signed in 2005 for $50 million over seven years. However, Jones was a five-time Pro Bowl selection prior to signing his 2005 contract, while Peters had been selected to only one Pro Bowl.
Peters reportedly wanted a contract between $8 million and $11.5 million per season in a contract extension.
On July 25, 2008, the NFL Network's Adam Schefter reported Jason Peters would not report to the Bills' training camp at Saint John Fisher College in Pittsford, N.Y. Schefter also said Peters was willing to sit out the entire season to get a new and improved contract.
On August 20, 2008, training camp for the Bills came to an end with Peters being absent for the whole camp and all of the preseason games. On August 21, 2008, the Bills signed rookie tackle Dustin Dickinson to help Langston Walker fill the void. On September 5, 2008, Jason Peters ended his holdout and returned to the Buffalo Bills. Peters was fined over $560,000 for missing all of training camp, but if he had missed a regular season game, he would have been fined $191,000 for each game he missed.
Jason was selected as the starting left tackle in the Pro Bowl and was a Second-team All-Pro although his 2008 season was subpar and some thought the Pro Bowl selection was dubious. In 2006, he allowed only two sacks and allowed six sacks in 2007. In 2008 Peters allowed 11½ sacks—tied for worst in the NFL among starting left tackles. Officially the NFL does not recognize Sacks Allowed, as the statistic is subjective and potentially misleading.
Peters had been unhappy with his contract and had not been attending the Bills’ offseason activities after staging a holdout in 2008 during training camp. On April 17, 2009, the Buffalo Bills traded Peters to the Philadelphia Eagles and received their first round pick (28th overall) and fourth round pick (121st overall) in the 2009 NFL Draft and a conditional sixth round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft. The trade ended up being successful for both parties, as the Bills selected Pro bowl center Eric Wood.
On April 17, 2009, the Philadelphia Eagles announced they had signed Peters to a six-year, $60 million contract for him to remain in Philadelphia through 2014. The Eagles opted to void Peters' previous contract he signed with the Bills that had two years remaining. Head coach Andy Reid added, "Jason Peters is the best left tackle in football. He is a powerful and athletic tackle and I have admired his play over the last few years on film."
On March 28, 2012, Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon during an offseason workout. He ruptured it a second time in May 2012 after the equipment he was using to move around his house malfunctioned. He was placed on the active/non-football injury list on July 22, 2012, before the start of training camp.
On February 26, 2014, Peters signed a new five-year deal worth $51.3 million with the Eagles.
During a game against the Washington Redskins on September 21, 2014, Redskins player Chris Baker made what he claimed to be a football play on quarterback Nick Foles following an interception (which eventually was reversed) by Foles. Following the hit, a brawl broke out on the sidelines between both teams. Baker was confronted by Peters, who then took a swing at Baker which resulted in both players getting ejected in the scuffle. According to Article 9 in the NFL Rules, the hit on Foles was considered a legal block on an active player and that it is also legal to hit a quarterback following a turnover or change of possession if they are moving towards the ball carrier, which Foles was. On September 27, 2014, Peters was fined $10,000.
On June 14, 2017, Peters signed a one-year contract extension with the Eagles through the 2019 season. On October 23, 2017, during Monday Night Football against the Redskins, Peters was taken out of the game with an apparent right knee injury. The next night, it was revealed that his right knee had tears to the ACL and MCL, which prematurely ended his 2017 season. Without Peters, the Eagles went on to win Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots 41-33 to give Peters his first Super Bowl ring.
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