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Julius Peppers | Defensive Lineman | #90

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 295
College: North Carolina
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
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Panthers DE Julius Peppers (shoulder) is questionable for Week 5 against the Lions.
DE Mario Addison (knee) and LT Matt Kalil (groin) also drew the questionable tag for Carolina. Coach Ron Rivera is confident Peppers will suit up even though he wasn't able to practice this week. Coming off a two-sack game against New England in Week 4, the 37-year-old can still bring heat on opposing quarterbacks. Oct 6 - 2:29 PM

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Panthers DE Julius Peppers was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 4.

The 37-year-old played a big part in the Panthers' Week 4 road win over the Patriots, notching a pair of sacks against Tom Brady and hitting and hurrying him another three times. A part-time player at this stage of his career, Peppers is only playing about half the snaps but is fifth in the NFL with 4.5 sacks.
Oct 4 - 9:51 AM

Panthers DE Julius Peppers (shoulder) is active for Week 4 against the Patriots.

Peppers is playing despite being added to the injury report late in the week. DE Bryan Cox, DE Daeshon Hall, QB Brad Kaaya, C Ryan Kalil, WR Curtis Samuel, OT John Theus and CB Daryl Worley round out the Panthers' inactives for Sunday's game in Foxboro.
Oct 1 - 11:37 AM

Panthers DE Julius Peppers (shoulder) is expected to be active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.

There was some concern about his status after Peppers was a late add to the team's injury report this week. The Panthers were even worried enough to promote Bryan Cox to the active roster, though it appears Peppers will be out there on Sunday. He'll do his best to put pressure on Tom Brady.
Oct 1 - 8:20 AM

Panthers DE Julius Peppers (shoulder) is questionable for Week 4 against the Patriots.

Peppers is a late addition the injury report, which is always a red flag. It will likely be a game-time decision on whether he plays.
Sep 30 - 11:02 AM

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

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

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