The Dallas Cowboys have signed veteran offensive tackle Jason Peters to their practice squad on Monday.
Signing Peters to the practice squad gives the 40-year-old Peters time to get into football shape and give the Cowboys some stability at left tackle. Peters listed The Star late last week and was cleared medically.
Signing Peters to the practice squad gives him time to work into football shape and gives the Cowboys some roster flexibility. Peters, 40, visited the Star late last week and was cleared medically.
The move comes after the Cowboys lost eight-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith until at least December because of a hamstring that tore off the bone and required surgery. The addition of Peters at least gives them insurance should first-round pick Tyler Smith struggle at left tackle, though coach Mike McCarthy says the Peters signing isn’t a statement about Smith’s readiness.
Peters started 15 games last year for the Chicago Bears and is entering his 18th season. He spent the majority of his career (11 years) with the NFC East rival Philadelphia Eagles.
“Umm, yeah, a little bit,” Peters said when asked if it was weird. “Like I said, that was our rivalry. You know the Dallas and Eagle rivalry go deep, so it’s kinda weird. But I’m here in my home state and ready to roll.”