Jason Peters approached Head Coach Doug Pederson in his NovaCare Complex office on Monday morning and volunteered to move back to his natural position of left tackle. It was a move that was made in good faith for the best of the team even though he was having, by all accounts, a dominating Training Camp at the right guard position. The Eagles on Thursday morning rewarded Peters by restructuring his contract for the 2020 season.
It was the right thing to do for both sides and a unique solution for a unique situation. Now, Peters will return to the left tackle position he has played for the Eagles since 2009.
Peters has made nine Pro Bowls at left tackle, seven of them in Philadelphia, so it should be an easy transition for him to make, despite taking the bulk of the team's snaps as the starting right guard throughout camp.
Coaches and players all spoke very highly of his transition to right guard, so even after left tackle Andre Dillard suffered a torn right biceps in camp, there was consideration of leaving Peters at his new position and filling the void at left tackle with Matt Pryor, whose previous experience had mostly been on the right side of the line.
And then Peters changed the plan.
Now the Eagles have rewarded him for his selflessness to the team. He's back at left tackle, preparing for Washington and his 17th NFL season that opens at FedEx Field on Sunday. And he has a restructured contract that feels like the right thing for everybody involved.