Buy Jason Peters a 10 gallon hat. His trip to Dallas made him the newest Cowboy.
Peters and the Cowboys have agreed on contract terms less than a week before the start of the 2022 regular season, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday. Rapoport added that Peters will start the practice class in Dallas and he will be in the lineup. The Cowboys then officially announced the move, and defensive lineman Mika Tafua was released accordingly.
The 40-year-old met with the Cowboys on Friday to clear the way for Dallas to sign him. This was added out of necessity following a serious injury to left tackle Tyron Smith, who could be out until December, if not longer.
Peters’ signing is the culmination of an extended wait for the two-time first-team All-Pro, and he’s content to stay in shape while competing NFL teams sort out their rosters. He found an opportunity due to mishaps, but it’s still a chance to play in 2022.
Peters may not play right away. Rookie Tyler Smith is expected to replace Tyron Smith at left tackle at the start of the season, and Peters is ideally positioned behind him while also mentally and physically preparing for the year.
Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that signing Peters was “to add depth,” and he was expected to practice Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News .
Peters started 15 games on the left and tackled for the Chicago Bears last season after signing with the club in mid-August. This time he’ll be joining the Cowboys in two weeks, but unlike last season, he won’t start right away.
Instead, he’ll provide depth, just in case of an emergency, for the Cowboys to consider putting Smith back at guard — they’re planning to play him in 2022 — and use a left tackle The forward Peters replaced the rookie.
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