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Julius Peppers | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 287
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
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Panthers signed DE Julius Peppers to a one-year, $3.5 million contract.
The widely-expected move gives Peppers a chance to finish his career where it started. Peppers was one of the best pass-rushers in football during his previous stint with Carolina. Peppers isn't anywhere near that elite level anymore, but he still provided 7.5 sacks last season. After playing outside linebacker in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme, Peppers will shift back to defensive end in Carolina. Mar 10 - 12:49 PM

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Panthers are "working" to sign free agent Julius Peppers.

Peppers turned 37 in January but remained a productive pass rusher in Green Bay last season, recording 7.5 sacks. Peppers spent the first eight years of his career in Charlotte. Recently re-signed DE Charles Johnson said he's been trying to get Peppers to come back this year. It seems like an inevitable move.
Mar 10 - 11:32 AM

Free agent Julius Peppers plans to continue his playing career in 2017.

Peppers was unsure if he'd keep playing following the Packers' playoff loss to the Falcons, but he's decided to take on a 16th NFL season after turning 37 in January. Much like James Harrison (39 in May), Peppers is an ageless wonder off the edge. Peppers was Pro Football Focus' No. 11 pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker out of 59 qualifiers last season. Peppers has the fifth-most sacks all time with 143.5. He needs 7.5 to pass Chris Doleman for fourth on the list.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 6 - 10:31 AM

ESPN Packers reporter Rob Demovsky reports Julius Peppers "appears to be done in Green Bay."

Peppers has not announced if he will continue playing in 2017, but it sounds like he will not be back with the Packers either way. The veteran has been linked with the Panthers, who selected him with the No. 2 overall pick in 2002, and should get interest as a situational pass rusher. The 37-year-old recorded 7.5 sacks last season and has at least seven sacks in all but one of his 15 seasons.
Source: ESPN
Feb 16 - 1:53 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports the Panthers could have interest in free agent Julius Peppers.

Peppers spent his first eight years in Carolina. Coming off a seven-plus sack season, he would upgrade one of the worst pass-rushing defenses in the league. Peppers is considering retirement, but showed enough last year to continue playing. Entering his age-37 season, Peppers would likely have to settle for a team-friendly deal.
Jan 28 - 5:21 PM

Packers OLB Julius Peppers is not sure if he will play after this season.

The 15-year veteran is in the final year of his deal, and he does not know if he is interested in signing another one. "I’m not saying that I don’t want to play next year," Peppers said. "I’m not saying that I do. I’m just saying that right now, I don’t know. And I’ll figure it out at some point." With 142.5 sacks, fifth all-time, the Canton-bound pass rusher has nothing left to prove, but he would certainly like to get his hands on an elusive Super Bowl ring. If the Packers are able to make an unlikely run this postseason, he could decide to hang 'em up.
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 09:30:00 AM

The Packers plan to bring Julius Peppers off the bench this season behind Nick Perry.

It's a way to limit Peppers' snaps and keep him fresh at age 36. Coming off the best year of his career and a dominant effort in the playoffs, Perry was re-signed to a one-year, $5 million deal and looks to be an ascending player. The Packers can also rotate in converted DL Datone Jones at outside linebacker.
Fri, Jul 29, 2016 10:42:00 AM

Packers OLB Julius Peppers confirmed he plans to continue playing.

Peppers seemed unsure of his future after Green Bay's postseason loss to Arizona but Wednesday he said his plan is to keep playing. "I think somebody kind of took that out of context," said Peppers. "As far as I know, I think I’m going to be playing next year, unless something happens that I don’t know about." The 36-year-old led the Packers with 10.5 sacks in 2015.
Wed, Mar 2, 2016 03:27:00 PM

Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reports Packers OLB Julius Peppers plans to play in 2016.

The 36-year-old Peppers is owed $8 million in salary and bonuses with a cap hit of $10.5 million, but he is coming off his most productive season since 2012. There has been speculation Green Bay could cut Peppers, but they will likely need his help on the outside with OLBs Nick Perry and Mike Neal scheduled to be free agents. Peppers should be back in Green Bay next season.
Thu, Feb 4, 2016 09:06:00 AM

The Packers aren't expected to ask LB Julius Peppers to take a pay cut.

He's due back at his full $9.5 million salary, a figure that includes an $8.5 million base, a $500,000 workout bonus and another $500,000 in per game roster bonuses. Add in the rest of his prorated signing bonus and Peppers will count $12 million against the cap, a steep number for a 35-year-old player who produced 33 hurries on 920 snaps in 2014. At least the Packers were able to clear some cap room by cutting ties with A.J. Hawk.
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 08:44:00 AM

Packers coach Mike McCarthy "definitely believes" Julius Peppers will be back in 2015, and "doesn't understand" why people would question so.

Peppers is due $9.5 million between salary and bonuses, but had a successful first season in Green Bay, generating consistent pressure even though he had only seven sacks to show for it. Going by McCarthy's words, a pay cut is out of the question. Perhaps a restructure will be in order.
Thu, Feb 19, 2015 03:07:00 PM

Packers DC Dom Capers confirms Julius Peppers will "play at a number of different spots."

"We have all the defenses you can have," Capers said. That's not necessarily a good thing. With Clay Matthews (thumb) and Nick Perry (undisclosed) both sidelined, Peppers spent Thursday's OTAs session at outside linebacker. The Pack are planning to utilize Peppers as an "elephant" rusher. That likely means he'll line up at end in Green Bay's base defense, rush from the interior in sub-packages and mix in snaps at outside linebacker.
Thu, May 29, 2014 06:29:00 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggests Julius Peppers' "elephant" role will consist of lining up at end in Green Bay's base defense, rushing from the interior in sub-packages, and mixing in snaps at outside linebacker.

We've slotted Peppers at end on our depth charts because we think he'll play there the most. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry still figure to be the primary outside linebackers, with Peppers and Datone Jones at end, and B.J. Raji at nose tackle. Mike Neal, Mike Daniels, and Jerel Worthy will be the top front-seven reserves. Talent can no longer be coordinator Dom Capers' excuse on defense.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 07:13:00 AM

Packers signed Julius Peppers, formerly of the Bears, to a three-year, $30 million deal.

The deal includes $7.5 million guaranteed. Three years is a long commitment for a 34-year-old, but there is likely little, if any, guaranteed money past 2014. Peppers still has some juice left in the tank and could flourish in a situational pass-rushing role in Green Bay. The eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro has 119 career sacks and 40 forced fumbles in his career.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 09:21:00 AM

"Multiple sources" tell ESPN Dallas the Cowboys have interest in free agent Julius Peppers.

It's the first we've heard of Peppers since his Tuesday release. Reporter Todd Archer's report has no mention of a potential visit. Peppers would be reuniting with former Bears DC Rod Marinelli in Dallas, whom he played for from 2010-12 in Chicago. The fact that the Cowboys are interested means they believe Peppers could be signed for (far) less than the three-year, $30 million deal DeMarcus Ware landed in Denver. Peppers certainly isn't going to match Ware, but he's not going to be a bargain, either.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 01:45:00 PM

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QB1Cam Newton
2Derek Anderson
3Joe Webb
4Garrett Gilbert
RB1Jonathan Stewart
2Fozzy Whittaker
3Cameron Artis-Payne
4Jalen Simmons
GLB1Jonathan Stewart
2Cameron Artis-Payne
3RB1Fozzy Whittaker
2Jonathan Stewart
FB1Darrel Young
2Devon Johnson
WR11Kelvin Benjamin
2Charles Johnson
3Russell Shepard
4Keyarris Garrett
WR21Devin Funchess
2Brenton Bersin
3Damiere Byrd
4Mose Frazier
5Kaelin Clay
WR31Brenton Bersin
TE1Greg Olsen
2Ed Dickson
3Scott Simonson
4Chris Manhertz
5Eric Wallace
LT1Matt Kalil
2Jordan Rigsbee
3Jake Rodgers
4Tyrus Thompson
LG1Andrew Norwell
2Chris Scott
3David Yankey
C1Ryan Kalil
2Gino Gradkowski
3Tyler Larsen
RG1Trai Turner
2Amini Silatolu
3Dan France
RT1Michael Oher
2Daryl Williams
3Blaine Clausell
4Pearce Slater
K1Graham Gano