June 14, 2017
Fresh off signing a contract extension that will keep him in midnight green through the 2019 season, 35-year-old Jason Peters says that he’s in full ring-chasing mode as his career winds down. In fact, he used that term when speaking to reporters at Eagles mini-camp on Wednesday.
Honestly, though, Peters isn’t chasing that elusive championship ring in the way that, say, Golden State Warriors forward David West decided to last offseason. It Peters does win a Super Bowl, he plans on it coming with the Eagles, the same organization where he’s manned one of the NFL’s most important positions the past seven years.
“The fans deserve a Super Bowl,” Peters said. “Get in the playoffs, make The Linc rock, get home field, and go from there. The city of Philly deserves it.”
Peters, who started what very well could be a Hall of Fame career with the Buffalo Bills, has only appeared in three playoff games. So, does he believe the Eagles have a chance at winning a Super Bowl this upcoming season?
“I think it’s good,” Peters said. “We got a good team this year, good quarterbacks, good skill positions, good line, good defense. We got a good chance, we just got to put it in place Week 1.”
We’ll see about the rest of the equation, but the “good line” part sounds plausible. Peters figures that the Eagles offensive line, with he and his eventual successor Lane Johnson leading the way up front, is one of the two or three best units since he arrived in Philadelphia. He mentioned the possibility of moving to guard at some point later in his career.
“The fans deserve a Super Bowl. Get in the playoffs, make The Linc rock, get home field, and go from there. The city of Philly deserves it.”
Peters was complementary of the Eagles organization, which isn’t all that surprising after he received a sack of money from them. The 13-year pro said that the coaching staff limiting his reps in practice last season (which Chip Kelly did not do) was helpful in keeping him fresh, and he did play all 16 games in 2016.
And in terms of getting the contract done, Peters singled out owner Jeffrey Lurie as a critical part of the process.
“We’re best friends,” Peters said of Lurie. “We talk all the time, he texts me, we talk before every game. That’s my guy, he brought me here and stayed loyal to me.”
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