But the thinking is that he won’t get what he wants.
Per a league source, Peppers likely will land in the Dwight Freeney/Jared Allen/DeMarcus Ware ballpark, with an average value in the range of $12 million to $13 million, and guaranteed money in the neighborhood of $30 million.
Peppers is believed to be looking for an average of $18 million or more, given that he earned $18 million last year with the Panthers.
That said, all it takes is one team to blow the curve — and/or two teams to spark an auction.
It’ll be interesting see whether Peppers signs quickly, or whether he ends up waiting for a few days in the hopes of getting what he wants. If he has inked a deal by sunrise on the first day of free agency, it means that someone has decided to give him what he wants.
And it also means that there was just as much tampering with Peppers as there was a year ago with Albert Haynesworth.
Unless, that is, the Redskins managed to negotiate a $100 million contract from scratch in 5.5. hours. While Haynesworth’s agent was also entertaining offers from multiple other teams.