Peters returns to Bills not a moment too soon

September, 5, 2008
9/05/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
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The idea of forfeiting a $191,000 game check every week must not have been appealing to Jason Peters.

Although a statement released from the Buffalo Bills' front office suggests a wait-and-see tone for now, ESPN.com has learned the Pro Bowl left tackle definitely will end his holdout and report to the club on Saturday.

Peters is not expected to play in Sunday's season opener against the Seattle Seahawks, who own one of the NFL's better defenses. Peters still has to learn new offensive coordinator Turk Schonert's system. Peters didn't attend OTAs, minicamp or training camp.

But this development is a victory for the Bills front office. Peters has not been promised a new deal and is arriving in hopes progress can be made. He still has three years left on his contract, and the Bills all along have insisted they would not renegotiate his deal until he reports.

News of Peters ending his silence was a positive jolt for the Bills and bolsters their playoff hopes.

The team learned of Peters' decision while still reeling from Thursday's shocking events involving LB Angelo Crowell.

The Bills' leading tackler from last year stunned them days before the season opener by electing to have knee surgery. The Bills responded by placing Crowell on injured reserve, ending his season.

Here's the full statement the Bills released moments ago:

In regards to the report on NFL.com that Jason Peters is ending his holdout and returning to the Bills, COO Russ Brandon said, "It is our understanding that Jason has filed a re-instatement letter with the National Football League and that he is reporting to One Bills Drive [Saturday] morning."

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