Peters has incentive to remain healthy

March, 5, 2014
Mar 5
1:20
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Corey Peters hopes to earn his money.

The Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle signed a one-year deal Tuesday with a max value of $1.6 million, according to a league source. But in order to fully capitalize on the value, he'll have to remain healthy -- and remain on the roster.

Peters' new contract doesn't include any guaranteed money, according to a league source. His base salary for 2014 is set to be $1 million. He'll earn up to $500,000 in the form of roster bonuses payable on a per game basis ($31,250 per game). The contract also includes $100,000 based on play-time percentage.

Peters played in 15 games last season and started all 15. He missed the final game after tearing his Achilles in a Monday night loss at San Francisco.

For the season, Peters played 654 defensive snaps as part of a defensive line rotation. His total accounted for about 63 percent of the team's defensive snaps.

Peters fully expected to recover from the injury although he remains on crutches and in a walking boot. He expects to be off crutches by the end of the month.

From the Falcons' standpoint, they saw a player who could be highly productive but not extremely costly coming off an injury. For Peters, he can view '14 as a season to prove his worth and possibly get rewarded going into next year's free agency period.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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