Pro Bowl left tackle, Jason Peters, is expected to report to One Bills Drive Saturday, effectively ending his 43-day holdout. Peters has been a no-show at team activities throughout the entire offseason because he is unhappy with his current contract with the team.
Peters has had no contact with team since the season ended in early January. In addition to not showing up for optional spring mini-camps, he elected not to attend required OTA sessions held by the Bills. His holdout continued into the summer, as he didn't show up for training camp or any preseason games.
The Bills front office has maintained a firm stance in not negotiating with Peters until he reported to the team for practices. With both sides remaining silent, there has been no progress on a better deal for him, and it is unclear whether the Bills will negotiate at this point.
Peters was signed to a contract extension in July of 2006, in which he was scheduled to make $3.25 million this season. With that contract, Peters was the third-highest paid offensive lineman on the team, behind Derrick Dockery and Langston Walker.
The Bills open their season at home Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, and Peters will not be eligible for to play. He has filed re-instatement papers with the league, and it is expected they will grant the team a two-week waiver period to give them time to add him to the roster.
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