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Peters Added to Bolster Depleted Offensive Line
The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a contract with veteran offensive tackle Jason Peters, according to multiple sources. It is anticipated that Peters will start on the practice squad as he works his way into football shape after not being a part of a team’s offseason conditioning program or training camp.
Peters visited the Cowboys late last week and after passing a physical a deal came together quickly. Peters agreeing to sign with the practice squad will afford Dallas more roster flexibility than if he were immediately added to the active roster while getting into game shape.
The move comes on the heels of the Cowboys losing starting left tackle Tyron Smith until at least December due to a torn left hamstring that required surgery. Peters will at the very least provide insurance should rookie first-round pick Tyler Smith struggle at left tackle. It is also possible that Peters starts at left tackle once his conditioning allows, with Smith sliding back over to left guard, which is where he worked in training camp prior to the Tyron Smith injury.
Dallas does not have a reserve tackle on the 53-man roster with regular season playing experience. Second year man Josh Ball spent his rookie season on injured reserve and 2022 5th round pick Matt Waletzko is slated to miss significant time with a shoulder injury that will require surgery.
Peters, entering his 18th season in the NFL started 15 games for the Bears in 2021. Peters spent the first five seasons of his career with the Buffalo Bills, from there Peters logged eleven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles before last year’s stint with the Bears.