Cowboys sign Jason Peters, 40, to add depth to offensive tackle

FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys needed offensive tackle depth after a Eight-time Pro Bowler Tyron Smith ruled out with injury at least until December.

Who better to replace eight-time Pro Bowler Smith? The Cowboys sign the Pro Bowl left tackle nine times — despite being 40 now — for later depth.

Jason Peters, who played 15 games with Chicago last season after 11 years with the Eagles, signed with the Cowboys on Monday and began integrating into practice. Dallas signed Peters to their practice squad as he acclimates to a new team.

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy praised Peters’ ability on the court and his wealth of knowledge to get off the hook.

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Offensive tackle Jason Peters spent 11 seasons with the Eagles.

“You have a chance to watch the video, obviously you have tremendous respect for what Jason has accomplished throughout his career,” McCarthy said Monday. “It’s about adding depth and bringing another great player into your program. … We have a lot of young offensive linemen who will benefit from his mentorship.

Signing Peters doesn’t change expectations for the Cowboys’ Week 1 starter on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. First-round rookie Tyler Smith, who played left tackle in college but left guard in training camp, should get the nod. Peters said he needed a few weeks to acclimate to the pads and helmet after doing lifting and cardio through August. He said he would accept a starter or depth role, “whatever they ask of me”.

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