Peppers’ up-and-down career, marked by periods of brilliance and games where he disappeared, makes him a hard player to evaluate on the open market.
“I wouldn’t touch him, for that money and what he gives you,” an
ex-Panthers personnel man told the Boston Globe.
“He could end up costing some personnel guy his job,” an AFC scout
said. “I’m terrified of him. In
my heart of hearts, I believe that if you pay this guy, I don’t think
you’ll see a double-digit sack [season] again the rest of his career.”
SI’s Ross Tucker, who played against Peppers, also wrote a column this week questioning Peppers’ work ethic. Even ex-teammates like Brentson Buckner are quoted by the Globe’s Albert Breer marveling at his skill, but wondering about his love for football.
Peppers’ superhuman talent and strong finish to the season will make him a very rich man. He absolutely destroyed the Vikings and the Giants in Panthers victories.
But Julius Peppers is not Reggie White and the league knows it. We’ll see if anyone — like Dan Snyder — pays Peppers like a transformational player anyway.