By Michael Bennett
Eagles legendary left tackle Jason Peters has agreed to terms with the Chicago Bears, according to his agency, Elite Loyalty Sports.
No contract details are known at this time.
Peters, 39, played the last 12 seasons with the Eagles after spending his first five NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills. After going unsigned for months last year, the nine-time Pro Bowler re-signed with the Eagles last July after Brandon Brooks tore his Achilles. Philly initially planned to play Peters at guard, but he returned to tackle after additional injuries to the team’s offensive line.
Peters has started double-digit games in 13 of the last 16 seasons.
“He’s coming in here to compete to be the left tackle,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said.
The Bears played their first game of the preseason on Saturday, defeating the Miami Dolphins 20-13.
Peters is one of the best players in Eagles history, earning the nickname “The Bodyguard” while making seven Pro Bowls during his Eagles career. The Eagles spent a first-round pick to acquire Peters from Buffalo in 2009, and it proved to be a worthwhile investment. He was a franchise left tackle and a respected figure in the locker room. Teammates marveled at the way he played the position. He was also a favorite of team owner Jeffrey Lurie.
Peters’ career lasted longer than the Eagles ever envisioned. They drafted Lane Johnson in 2013 thinking Johnson would eventually take over at left tackle, but Peters kept playing at a high level. He returned in 2019 for what was thought to be his final season with the team, but injuries last summer led the Eagles to bring him back. Peters was limited to eight games because of injury and spent part of the season at guard, but that didn’t sully his legacy. He’ll one day enter the franchise’s Hall of Fame — and he’s likely the next Eagle to make the Pro Football Hall of Fame.