Eagles LT Jason Peters, who has a good chance to enter the Hall of Fame sometime after his playing days are over, said he wants to continue playing in 2020.
“I told ’em I wanted to play another year. I still can get it done,” Peters said via Les Bowen. “If I couldn’t get it done, I’d just walk away, but I can still go.”
Peters has continued his play as a quality offensive tackle for Philadelphia in 2019. However, he will turn 38 years old soon and the Eagles drafted his potential replacement, rookie OT Andre Dillard, in the first round of this past April’s draft.
“I want to be here … but the nature of this business, sometimes they move on. We’ll have to see,” Peters said.
If the Eagles were to let Peters walk, he would likely be in strong demand in free agency. Quality offensive tackles are hard to find and Peters believes he still has good football to offer for another year or two.
“I still got juice in the tank,” Peters said. “Whether they sign me back here or not, I’m going to play another year, or two. I want to set the bar for other guys to come, instead of getting pushed out of the game — if you can still play at an older age — Tom Brady, I can name some guys — if you can still go, why not open the door for the guys behind you by changing perceptions of when careers should end. That’s what I want to do. I got all the accolades, the All-Pros, the Pro Bowls, the Super Bowl. As long as I can play, I’m gonna go.”
Peters, 37, originally signed on with the Bills as an undrafted free agent out of Arkansas back in 2004. He spent five years in Buffalo before being traded to the Eagles in 2009.
Peters signed a four-year, $53 million extension in Philadelphia after the trade. Last year, Peters signed another one-year extension worth $6 million for the 2019 season.
In 2019, Peters started 13 games for the Eagles at left tackle. He was Pro Football Focus‘ No. 6-ranked tackle out of 83 qualifying players.