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Julius Peppers | Linebacker | #56

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 287
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
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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. Feb 16 - 1:53 PM
Source: ESPN

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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

Bears released RE Julius Peppers.

Chicago was shopping Peppers but predictably found no takers for the 34-year-old and his loaded 2014 salary. The move saves the Bears $14 million in cash and over $8 million against the cap. Peppers is still a productive player but isn't worth nearly that kind of coin. The eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro has 119 career sacks and 40 forced fumbles. He should garner some interest.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 07:16:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are shopping RE Julius Peppers for trade.

It's the likely certain precursor to Peppers' release. Peppers' 2014 salary cap number is nearly $20 million, and Chicago needs that space to be active in free agency as well as sign its rookie class. At this point, GM Phil Emery would probably accept a late seventh-round pick for Peppers, although he won't even get that. Expect Peppers to be dumped by Tuesday afternoon.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 05:29:00 PM

Speaking Thursday at the Combine, Bears GM Phil Emery was evasive when asked about Julius Peppers' future with the team.

"I will say that Julius is part of our football team," Emery said. "He is under contract. We’re all coming off an 8-8 season. We have a lot to improve upon and that is where our heads are at." Now 34 and coming off a down season, Peppers is set to count a monumental $18.183 million against the cap in 2014. Ticketed for a $9.9 million base salary after restructuring his contract last September, Peppers will have to be open to sizable pay cut to remain in the Windy City.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 02:25:00 PM