It looks like perennial All-Pro LT Jason Peters’ next big payday has come much sooner than expected, and it has nothing to do with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Peters will receive nearly $2 million in a lawsuit regarding the cause of his second Achilles tendon injury in a matter of weeks during the spring of 2012. According to the lawsuit, Peters was using a Roll-A-Bout brand knee-walker in March of 2012, in an attempt to help rehabilitate his recently ruptured Achilles tendon, when the device broke below the handlebar. The severe product malfunction caused Peters to endure a second surgery that cause him to miss the entire 2012 NFL Season.
With just two years remaining on Peters’ six-year, $60 million contract, which was inked in 2009, the 5-time Pro Bowler will soon have another monstrous chunk of money dropped in his lap in the form of a new deal, barring any further setbacks or bodily breakdown.
So in reality, the measly $2 million settlement over his Achilles injury is really just lunch-money in the end, but I think that this case has a lot more to do with principle than the actual dollars.
Peters has said that he will be ready to go when the upcoming 2013 NFL Season kicks off, but Eagles’ fans will certainly be much more at ease when they actually witness the big fella step back onto the gridiron, and dominate the entirety of his counterparts once again.
Most likely, Peters will return to his elite level of play almost immediately, but there is a chance that this two-time Achilles tendon debacle could seriously threaten his NFL future.