There’s a nine-time Pro-Bowler eager to help a team in 2022 that would be a good fit for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Potential future Hall of Fame offensive tackle Jason Peters is 40 years old. He’s been in the league since 2004. His career is near its end.
But Peters believes he still has something left in the tank. And he wants to help a team win a championship.
“I’m looking for an up-and-coming offensive line [on a] good team or a playoff team,” said Peters this week to SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Either way is good for me because I can teach or I can sit back and listen and learn from other veterans of the game, too.”
“Whenever the opportunity comes, I am going to give it one more run at it,” added Peters. “Try to get me another ring or pass on some knowledge to some of the young kids, up-and-coming. But I don’t have a time frame on when I’m gonna get signed. Last year was like two-and-a-half weeks into training camp. Whenever the time comes, I’ll be ready.”
The Bengals’ offensive line was below average last season. But they made some significant upgrades earlier this offseason that erased some of the question marks surrounding the team entering the 2022 season.
Adding Peters would give the Bengals some valuable depth (he played well last year according to his PFF grades). It would also give them basically another offensive line coach. Peters has been in the NFL for nearly two decades. It’s safe to say he’s learned a thing or two. And his comments indicate that he wants to help young players develop and progress in their careers. He also wants to get another ring before he retires (which is why he should want to land in Cincy).
I don’t see any downside to bringing in a veteran with a strong track record like Peters. This is a move the Bengals should seriously explore.
Maybe Bengals tight ends coach James Casey, Peters’ old Philadelphia Eagles teammate, can put in a good word for the highly decorated offensive lineman.
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