DALLAS – The Dallas Cowboys have signed a long-time former division to help an ailing offensive line.
On Monday, the Cowboys signed long time Philadelphia Eagle offensive lineman Jason Peters to their practice squad. Recently, Dallas lost their eight-time Pro Bowler left tackle Tyron Smith to a leg injury and have been thin at tackle.
Peters went undrafted in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Arkansas and was picked up by the Buffalo Bills and after 4 years became unhappy with his contract. He was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles and in 2011 had his first All-Pro season. Peters also won a Super Bowl with the Eagles.
In the 2021 season, Peters signed with the Chicago Bears and started 15 games.
Peters brings a lot of experience with him to Dallas and at one time, had a very good offensive line coach in Howard Mudd. Rookie Tyler Smith will more than likely get the start at left tackle against Tampa Bay next week but having a pro like Peters teach Smith will only help the young player.
“This is about adding depth and bringing another excellent player into your program,” Dallas Head Coach Mike McCarthy said, “This is about adding a future Hall of Fame player to your football team.”
Since getting drafted, Tyler Smith has been competing at the left guard position but was being groomed to make the move to left tackle in the future.
The Cowboys are still thin along the offensive line but adding a Hall of Fame talent who has been in the NFL for 19 years will help the young players on the line, not just Smith. Across the offensive front, Tyler Biadasz, Conner McGovern, Terence Steele, and backups Josh Ball, Matt Farniok, and Matt Waletzko are all under the age of 25. Zack Martin is the only other offensive lineman who had really any expierence.
The Dallas Cowboys play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in AT&T Stadium.