Last year, Jason Peters was selected to the Pro Bowl on reputation. The Eagles left tackle had an injury-plagued, sub-par year. But when you've been selected seven previous times, well, as long as you have a pulse, No. 8 is pretty much going to be a gimme.
On Tuesday, Peters was selected to his ninth Pro Bowl. This time, he made it on merit. At 34, he has stayed healthy and played well despite the season-long turbulence around him up front, despite a rookie quarterback behind him.
"I think he's very capable of (playing) another couple of seasons,'' Eagles coach Doug Pederson said Wednesday morning. "He's really done a great job from a health standpoint and his weight and managing all of that.
"I think Stout (offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland) has done a good job of monitoring him in practice and not taking the full complement of reps throughout the week.
"He's one of those guys, I can go back to some of the conversations we had back in the spring and how do you manage a Jason Peters. I feel like we've done that extremely well this season.
"He feels fresh. He feels healthy. A Pro Bowl season. I look forward to working with him in the future.''
Peters' salary cap number will increase from $9.7 million this season to $11.2 million next year. That's a big number for a guy who will turn 35 in January, particularly when your other tackle, Lane Johnson, will have a $10 million cap number next season.
But Pederson, who doesn't have final say in the Eagles' personnel decisions but certainly will have a voice, clearly wants Peters back.
He said he hasn't talked to Peters about returning, but will once the season is over.