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Veteran OT Jason Peters has productive meeting with Cowboys as sides begin negotiations, per report

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The Dallas Cowboys may start rookie Tyler Smith at left tackle in the wake of Tyron Smith’s injury, but that isn’t stopping the club from looking for more depth at the position. After trimming down the roster to 53 players on Tuesday, Dallas is hosting veteran offensive tackle Jason Peters on a free agent visit, according to ESPN. Dallas has begun negotiations with Peters, who already underwent a physical and had a productive meeting with team officials Friday, per the Dallas Morning News. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was also reportedly present in the meeting.

Peters spent the 2021 season in Chicago as a member of the Bears and started in all 15 of his games played for the franchise. Before that, he played the previous 11 seasons for the Philadelphia Eagles where he was named to seven Pro Bowls and was named an All-Pro four times. 

However, the now 40-year-old is a bit away from his prime, so Dallas would hardly be getting that level of a player if they agree to a deal. If Peters does sign with the Cowboys — or any team for that matter — he’d become the second-oldest player in the NFL only trailing Tom Brady

Again, Tyler Smith does seem to be the man tapped to be Dallas’ left tackle to begin the year after Tyron went down with an avulsion fracture of the knee and is out until at least December. Initially, the rookie first-round pick was set to start at left guard and develop as the possible left tackle of the future. Jerry Jones confirmed this week that it’s “safe to say” that he’ll now be thrust to left tackle to begin his career. That said, it’s possible an addition of Peters could keep Smith on that initial trajectory.

Regardless of how this shakes out, Dallas is set to begin the season with three new starters along the offensive line with center Tyler Biadasz and All-Pro right guard Zack Martin as the lone holdovers. 

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