Pending free agent Julius Peppers “appears to be done” with the Packers, according to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com. Peppers has declined to address retirement in the past, so although Demovsky’s report likely means Peppers won’t re-sign with Green Bay, Peppers may look to continue his career elsewhere.
Peppers, 37, wrapped up another productive season with the Packers, as he appeared in all 16 games, posted 7.5 sacks, and graded as the league’s No. 35 edge defender, per Pro Football Focus. A rare external signing by Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson, Peppers has delivered on his three-year, $26MM deal by racking up 25 sacks, 10 forced fumbles, and 14 passes defensed during his time with the Packers. Peppers, who ranks fifth all-time with 143.5 quarterback takedowns, was coy when asked about retirement late last year.
“I’m not saying that I don’t want to play next year,” said Peppers. “I’m not saying that I do. I’m just saying that right now I don’t know.”
If he does reach the free agent market, Peppers will join a group of available edge players that includes Chandler Jones (who is likely to be franchised), Melvin Ingram, Jason Pierre-Paul, fellow Packer Nick Perry, James Harrison, Jabaal Sheard, and others.
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