On Monday, the Dallas Cowboys signed former Eagles OT Jason Peters to a one-year contract. HOF-bound Peters was born in Texas and was living there during the time of his signing. The age defying 40-year-old was also possibly the best available player left on the market at his position. The choice made sense for both sides.
The long-standing starter and another future HOF offensive tackle Tyron Smith went down two weeks ago with an avulsion fracture to the left knee. He was trying to block teammate Leighton Vander Esch at the time. Clearly, he’s a top tier talent at his position when he’s on the field. Staying healthy for a whole season has been a challenge for Smith, however. If he’s able to get back on the gridiron at all this year, the earliest he could return would probably be December.
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Last season’s heart-wrenching opener in Tampa Bay saw Tom Brady and the Bucs walk away with a mere two-point victory due to a last second field goal. It doesn’t appear likely Peters will be ready to go for the upcoming week one matchup against them. This could potentially be disastrous for Dak and the Cowboys. The pewter-panted team is capable of bringing immense pressure from the weakside. Head coach Mike McCarthy will have to make do.
Even with homefield advantage, the current Cowboys could be in for a long day at the position due to inexperience alone. Rookie Tyler Smith and second-year player Josh Ball will likely share the load against the Bucs.
40-Year-Old Sings a Different Song
Last year, a 39-year-old Peters put up a solid season with the Bears. But in his dominant younger years as an Eagle, he was vocal in his disliking of the Cowboys. He recently changed tunes after signing with the boys in silver and blue. He’s already chiseled out his legend in Philadelphia. Evidently, his journey with Dallas won’t begin until week two.