Any prognostication about what the Eagles will do this offseason usually begins with speculation about Jason Peters' future. The Eagles' franchise left tackle is 34 and is going to count $11.2 million against the salary cap next season.
But with the way Peters is playing this season, he could remain an Eagle in 2017.
"I'm just chasing the dream that everyone is – to play this game and get to a Super Bowl," Peters said after the Eagles' win over the Falcons. "I've told Coach that I'm year-to-year, but I'm not leaving until I try to get that ring."
During the week, coach Doug Pederson manages Peters' workload in practices. On Sundays, Peters looks as fresh as he has been since 2013. Peters has started all nine games for the Eagles and has taken 97 percent of the offensive snaps – a percentage that would be higher if he didn't come off the field late in the Minnesota game with a victory secured.
"He's playing extremely well," Pederson said. "And for me as a coach and just knowing him as long as I have, the proud thing for me is where he is physically, healthy, and he's in a great position right now. We're managing him during the week to get him just enough reps during practice to get him to game day, and he feels great. He's getting plenty of rest early in the week that helps him, and I love to see him play as long as he can."
"It's technique," Peters said. "I put emphasis on my technique, and I work at it throughout the week. I work at my craft, and obviously it has been paying off for me on Sundays. I've just been working my craft, doing my job, and trying to keep them off Wentz because I know if I keep them off of him, Wentz is going to do a good job."
When Pederson was asked if there's a precedent for the way he's managing Peters, he pointed to Peters. He saw how Andy Reid handled Peters in practices in Reid's last years with the Eagles, and it's a formula that Pederson wanted to maintain.
"Just knowing how we handled him in the past here, just looking back, he's such a dynamic athlete and powerful man at left tackle, that guys like that, you want to – because he works so hard during the week – give him enough rest during the week that he's fresh and ready to go," Pederson said.
"And it's a tribute, too, to the way he prepares himself during the week – his hydration, nutrition. All of that plays a part especially this late in the season. How well these guys take care of their bodies off the field is a big part to their recovery and their health, especially the older you get as a football player."