Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers said that he wants to stay with the Packers beyond the 2014 season.
The Green Bay Packers have been resting on a first-round bye and are set to face the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC Divisional Round.
Their defense has shown improvement this season, and the signing of linebacker Julius Peppers has paid off for them as he provided a pass rush for them outside of fellow linebacker Clay Matthews with seven sacks.
The Packers had signed Peppers for $26 million over three years, including $7.5 million in guaranteed money.
His impact has been felt outside his stats though as he consistently pressured the quarterback as evidenced by his 31 hurries and 11 quarterback hits.
The Packers have the option to release him from his contract after this season without accruing any fees, and the linebacker is due $12 million against the salary cap in 2015 if he stays.
Peppers expressed his desire to remain in Green Bay. “That’s the plan. I hope so. So far, so good. I feel like the team as a whole has played well,” the Packers linebacker said to ESPN Wisconsin.
The Packers will likely restructure Peppers’ contract if he sticks around for the 2015 season, but retirement may be in the cards for the linebacker if the Packers win the Super Bowl.