For the previous three seasons, Tom Brady has been the oldest participant within the NFL, however with the 45-year-old now formally retired, that title will probably be going to another person for the 2023 season, and that another person is Jason Peters.
The Cowboys’ offensive lineman, who turned 41 on Jan. 22, is just not solely the oldest, however he is additionally considered one of simply three gamers within the NFL older than 40. During the 2022 season, Peters performed in 10 video games for the Cowboys, however he additionally missed a number of video games resulting from a chest damage. With Peters set to hit free company in March, there is no assure that he will wish to maintain taking part in. In every of the previous two seasons, he skipped the opening of free company in March and did not signal with a brand new group till after coaching camp was over.
Peters’ profession began in 2004 with the Buffalo Bills, and since then, he is performed for a complete of 4 groups over 18 seasons. After 5 seasons in Buffalo, Peters moved on to Philadelphia, the place he spent 11 years, together with a Super Bowl-winning season in 2017. Following his time in Philly, Peters signed with the Bears (2021) after which the Cowboys (2022).
No one is aware of what he will do in 2023, but when Peters does resolve to name it quits, then the title of oldest participant will go to Cardinals punter Andy Lee, who turns 41 in August.
Besides Lee, the one different participant within the NFL over the age of 40 is 49ers kicker Robbie Gould, who turned 40 on Dec. 6. Although nobody is aware of for certain what Lee and Peters will do going ahead, we do know that Gould plans on taking part in in 2023, so there will probably be at the very least one participant over the age of 40.
Gould, who is about to be be a free agent is March, undoubtedly plans on taking part in subsequent season.
“I’m nowhere close to retiring,” Gould mentioned on Jan. 31, by way of NBC Sports Bay Area. “I bought rather a lot left to do from a profession perspective — No. 1 being profitable a Super Bowl. And, two, I’m fairly near loads of milestones I believe could be fairly neat to have the ability to accomplish.”
Although Gould is probably the most correct kicker in NFL postseason historical past, he is by no means gained a Super Bowl, as he famous. Gould has performed in FIVE NFC Championship video games and two Super Bowls, however he nonetheless would not have a hoop. Gould has additionally scored the Tenth-most factors in NFL historical past and if he had been to repeat his 2022 season in 2023 — he scored 131 factors final 12 months — that will transfer him to fifth on the all-time scoring checklist.
Adam Vinatieri performed till he was 47, so there is no cause that Gould cannot squeeze one other season or two out of his proper leg.
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