As Peppers gets closer to hitting the market, however, red flags are surfacing over his passion for football.
“I wouldn’t touch him, for that money and what he gives you,” an ex-Panthers personnel man told The Boston Globe. “On the field, he’s a freak athletically, but it’s whether he shows up or not. He’ll go two and three games and do nothing but take up space. Then he’ll have two sacks, a forced fumble, a pick, and change the game. And that’s the danger. He can mesmerize you, but it’s not consistent.”
That source wasn’t alone in questioning Peppers.
“He could end up costing some personnel guy his job,’’ said an AFC scout with extensive experience evaluating Peppers. “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.”