Dec 1, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bears 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Julius Peppers: ‘I have a lot left in the tank’


Julius Peppers, who signed a three-year contract with the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, has a message for all the naysayers who think he’s over the hill.

Speaking with Packers.com, Peppers, age 34, said he can still be a valuable contributor on the field:

“I have a lot left in the tank. I have a lot left to give, a lot left to offer. I want to show people I can still play the game at a high level.

 

“Expectations are not for me; stats don’t necessarily have a lot of value in my book. You can have a great season without having great stats. My goal is to play football at a high level. I’m a pass rusher, so that’s going to be a big part of what I can do. Play hard and have an impact in every game.”

Peppers also said he’s excited to play on a team with Aaron Rodgers:

“The teams that have the good quarterbacks are the teams that win. That obviously factored into some of my decision making. I’m looking forward to playing with Aaron. As much as I disliked chasing him around, I’m excited to join him.”

Along with a run at a championship, maybe Rodgers can hook up his new teammate with one of those sweet discount double checks?

[Source: Packers.com]

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  • Mike

    A lot left in the tank, huh Peppers? Too bad you didn’t bother to show that this past season. 12 games with only 14 tackles and 2 sacks to show for it? That’s sounds more like a tank that’s closer to running on empty than not.

    • thsmalley

      Looking at stats -http://www.nfl.com/player/juliuspeppers/2505010/profile – looks like 16 games, 45 tackles, 7 sacks and an INT. Maybe not through the roof, but decent…opposite other guys on our line, should have opportunities.

    • tbbully

      Obviously, a Bear fan that didn’t bother to even look at the stats…played in every game…7 sacks and a pick on a pretty crappy d… averages 10 sacks per year plays 16 games consistently and does not get hurt…hope your new guy that your team over paid for can do that…prolly not lol

      • Mike

        Good thing I didn’t have any liquid in my mouth, I would have spit it all over my keyboard reading your response.

        Just in case you were assuming that I thought he only played in 12 games last season, you are wrong. I know he played in all 16 games. When you put his full season totals up there it doesn’t look that bad (45 tackles, 7 sacks), but when you dig a bit deeper and see that he disappeared for 3/4 of the season, that gets to be a bit more telling. The 3/4 of the season was the 12 games I was referencing. I could see where you would get confused and jump to conclusions though.

        So, let’s look at some of what you have to say and analyze it, shall we?

        A. Played in every game- This I cannot argue with, he did put on his uniform and take the field. What I can bring up is a perceived lack of effort from him for most of the season; some scouts have said that they only counted 6-8 solid snaps a game from him, but you are right, he did start every game. Personally, I saw him not getting double-teamed as much and still losing his one-on-one battles.

        B. Averages 10 sack per year- Again, cannot refute the math on that, but I can say in 4 years with the Bears that he has only had 2 where he had 10 or more sacks. His lowest total so far was last season with 7. Bad year or sign of things to come? Only time will tell.

        C. Had 7 sacks and a pick on a crappy D– Again, cannot argue the numbers, but I will say that he only had 2 tackles and no sacks through the first 3 games when the defense was still fully intact, and 8 tackles and 1 sack through the first 5 games before the D fully fell apart. That’s not exactly “blow your hair back” levels of production. He had 4 high production games on the season and disappeared for the other 12.

        D. Doesn’t get hurt – Well, he doesn’t miss games, but he definitely gets hurt and has been playing through some nagging injuries. Combine that with his age and it’s just a matter of time before he really slows down.

        E. The new guy that you team overpaid for – Now this one is funny. Who exactly did they overpay for? Houston at $7 mil a season or Young at only $3 mil a season? I will assume you mean Houston as he is the more expensive of the two and was the bigger name signing. So, a guy that can slide anywhere on the line, has led 4-3 DE’s in tackles, is great against the run and gets in the QB’s face a lot is overpaid at $7 mil? Did I even mention that he is nearly a decade younger than Peppers too? Okay bubby, whatever you say. You sure showed me that you really know the game of football….

        Who is your team by the way? I’m guessing the Packers just based on the stupidity level displayed alone. Didn’t they just drop nearly $10 mil a season on Shields? There was a real value signing; top 3 DB money to a guy that can’t finish a season and was middle of the pack at best for DB’s.

  • Amy Pacatte Haugh

    I’m glad he landed somewhere. Would’ve loved to see him stay a Bear but I’m also glad we chose to keep Tillman over Peppers. Too much money for his production! Good luck to Peppers on Green Bay!