3 reasons the Dallas Cowboys need to sign Jason Peters

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Jason Peters brings an impressive résumé for the Cowboys

Peters is certainly one of the most decorated tackles in the NFL. Along with bringing a championship pedigree to the Cowboys, he’s a nine-time Pro Bowler. On top of that, Peters is a two-time All-Pro in the league and is already a part of the Hall of Fame 2010’s team. That’s quite a resume, and it sounds a lot like one of the people he’d be replacing.

Peters was relatively healthy last year with the Chicago Bears, and at this point in his career, he’d be holding down the fort. Yes, he bounced back from an eight-game season in 2020 (his last with the Eagles) and played pretty much the whole year for the Bears. By the season’s conclusion, Peters had played 853 snaps, quite a jump from 508. By comparison, Smith’s health has been a major issue. In the last two years alone, Smith only accumulated 893 snaps, a total that Peters nearly surpassed in just one season.

The caveat here is Peters’ age. Realistically speaking, he’ll likely only have one or maybe two more years where he can sustain this level of play. Luckily for him, the Cowboys need only that from him, a stopgap solution until they can figure out a long-term strategy. Smith is only 31 years old, but injuries have already begun to catch up with him, hence the need for a 40-year-old tackle just days before the season begins.