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

FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Cowboys needed offensive tackle depth after an injury sidelined eight-time Pro Bowler Tyron Smith until at least December.

Who best to replace the eight-time Pro Bowler Smith? The Cowboys are signing a nine-time Pro Bowl left tackle – albeit at 40 years old now – for subsequent depth.

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

Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy welcomed Peters’ ability on the field and wealth of knowledge to elevate off it.

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“You have a chance to look at the video, obviously you have a tremendous amount of respect for what Jason has accomplished throughout his career,” McCarthy said Monday. “This is about adding depth and bringing another excellent player into your program. … We do have a lot of young offensive linemen that will benefit from his mentorship.”

Peters’ signing does not change the expectation 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, is expected to get the nod then.

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