Jauron was uncertain whether Peters would take part in voluntary workouts this spring, but he's anticipating that the tackle will be at the Bills' mandatory minicamp scheduled for June.
"We're anxious that he's present and involved. It doesn't serve anybody's purpose when he misses all that time," Jauron said. "Last year, he didn't show up. We've just got to anticipate that he will, and we've got to keep working in that direction and keep the lines of communication open and believe he's going to show up, because that's all we can do."
Peters' contract status -- and fears whether he'll repeat last year's holdout -- has been one of the team's more pressing issues this offseason.
Scheduled to make a base salary of $7.2 million over the final two years of his contract, Peters is considered underpaid for a player at such a high-profile position.
Last year, he attempted to force the Bills into negotiating a new deal by refusing to attend offseason workouts and all of training camp. Peters reported one day before Buffalo's regular-season opener.
After being fined more than $600,000 for the time he missed, Peters agreed to report only after the Bills provided him an assurance -- but not a guarantee -- that they would discuss a new contract.
Peters complained in December that there had been no progress on contract talks. It's unclear whether the two sides have made any headway over the past three months.
Peters' agent, Vincent Taylor, declined comment, telling The Associated Press on Tuesday that he has been instructed not to discuss the status of talks. As for the possibility of Peters missing the Bills' offseason minicamps, Taylor said that hasn't been discussed.
Jauron doesn't want a repeat of last year because Peters' absence was a setback to Buffalo's offensive line, forcing right tackle Langston Walker to switch to the left side. The line's chemistry is a bigger issue this offseason after the team released starting left guard Derrick Dockery and didn't re-sign centers Duke Preston and Melvin Fowler.
Geoff Hangartner, a four-year pro signed in free agency last month, will take over at center. Kirk Chambers is penciled in to take over at guard.
"It's a concern, because it didn't work out the way we wanted it to because he wasn't involved with us," Jauron said, referring to last year. "We'd like him to be involved with us in the offseason."
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