Julius Peppers
LB CAR (7)
2 weeks ago

Peppers will rejoin the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Selected by Carolina with the second overall pick in the 2002 draft, Peppers had double-digit sacks in six of his eight seasons (2002-2009) with the team. He was also productive in Chicago and Green Bay, though he stepped back to a supporting role for the Packers last season, notching 23 tackles and 7.5 sacks in 16 games. Peppers may be used as a situational pass rusher -- rather than as a starter -- upon returning to Carolina. This could serve as the farewell tour in an impressive career that has featured 143.5 sacks and counting.

Julius Peppers
LB CAR (7)
3 weeks ago

Peppers intends to return for a 16th season in 2017, ESPN's Rob Demovsky and Vaughn McClure report.

EDGE Analysis

Peppers is set to become a free agent after playing out his three-year contract with the Packers. During that span, Peppers posted 25 sacks, including 7.5 this past season, moving him into fifth all-time in career sacks (143.5). At 37 years old, Peppers has transitioned into a situational player focused on rushing the passer, so it'll be interesting to see what kind of interest he receives on the open market this week.

Julius Peppers
LB CAR (7)
1 month ago

Peppers doesn't figure to return to the Packers next season, ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports.

EDGE Analysis

Peppers registered 7.5 sacks in a noticeably limited role last season, and although that production was impressive for someone his age, the Packers' many free-agent edge defenders may cause them to prioritize options younger than the 37-year-old this offseason. For his part, it's unclear whether Peppers will continue playing or opt to retire, thus complicating his situation further. What's certain, though, is that as the NFL's fifth-leading sack artist all time, Peppers can hold his head high no matter what his future holds.

Julius Peppers
LB CAR (7)
2 months ago

Peppers finished the 2016 campaign with 23 tackles, including 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, and three passes defensed.

EDGE Analysis

Peppers scarcely showed his age this past season, as he continued putting up strong numbers in his age-36 season. The Packers tried to the veteran pass rusher fresh throughout the season, playing him on 57 percent of defensive plays and often resting him for a practice during the week. He'll be an unrestricted free agent once the league year ends and it's unclear if he'll opt to return for a 16th season or retire. If he does return, he'll figure to see a similar or slightly reduced role in 2017.

Julius Peppers
LB CAR (7)
2 months ago

Peppers had three tackles, including a sack, and two passes defensed in Sunday's win over the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Despite being 36 years old, Peppers has continued to produce for the Packers. He pressured Eli Manning repeatedly Sunday and had one of just two sacks for Green Bay. After seeing limited snaps early in the year, Peppers played in 74 percent of the Packers' defensive snaps Sunday. He'll likely continue his increased role throughout the playoffs as he seeks to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in his 15 year career.

Julius Peppers
LB CAR (7)
3 months ago

Peppers recorded four tackles (three solo), including a sack, forced one fumble and recovered one fumble in Sunday's 30-27 win over Chicago

EDGE Analysis

Peppers was the Packers No. 1 option at outside linebacker Sunday with Clay Matthews (shoulder) limited and Nick Perry (hand) out. He played 79 percent of the team's defensive snaps and had one of the biggest plays of the game when he strip sacked Bears' quarterback Matt Barkley and recovered the fumble. The 36 year old defender is as effective as ever and now has 7.5 sacks on the season, his 14th season with at least 7.0 sacks and .5 sacks short of tying Nick Perry for the team lead. Against a struggling Minnesota offensive line in Week 16, Peppers is a player to consider in IDP leagues.

Julius Peppers
LB CAR (7)
4 months ago

Peppers recorded a sack and five tackles Sunday against the Texans.

EDGE Analysis

After picking up just 3.5 sacks in his first nine games of 2016, Peppers has gotten to the quarterback in each of his last three games. The 36-year-old has plenty of gas in the tank to continue sacking the quarterback, even when his snaps are limited. He's a player to consider adding to IDP rosters for the stretch run.

Julius Peppers
LB CAR (7)
4 months ago

Peppers recorded two tackles and a sack in Monday's win over the Eagles.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran continues to make his presence felt on the defense, recording a sack in back-to-back games. Peppers played in 73 percent of the defensive snaps Monday and may continue to see a high number of reps if Jake Ryan (ankle) remains sidelined.

Julius Peppers
LB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Peppers recorded 1.5 sacks to go along with a pair of tackles Sunday against the Vikings.

EDGE Analysis

Before getting too excited about the veteran's performance, he's no longer a full-time player, though he obviously has the ability to get to the quarterback. Despite the limited snaps, he'll play in high-leverage situations, making him a candidate for decent sack totals, but almost non-existent as a tackler.

Julius Peppers
LB CAR (7)
6 months ago

Peppers did not record a statistic in the Packers' season-opening victory over the Jaguars.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran Peppers did not have many opportunities to make an impact: of the Packers' 72 defensive snaps he was on the field for just 29 -- the fourth-most among Packers outside linebackers. The Packers will likely continue to conserve his snaps in an effort to keep him fresh for games later in the season, which could make it tough for him to match or surpass the 10.5 sacks he recorded a year ago.