Cole mentions that Peppers’ $7 million base salary is fairly reasonable, given that he’s coming off of a 10.5 sack season. Beyond that, Green Bay has over $20 million in cap space, so it’s not as though they’re in a position that will require them to shed salary.
Peppers is currently tied for 9th all time in sacks and could be in position to solidify his resume for the Hall of Fame.
According to Cole, several players from a top contender in the NFC were recruiting Peppers to join their team next year if the Packers were to release him.
Peppers, 36, will be in the final year of his three-year, $26 million contract that included a $7.5 million signing bonus. He’ll make a base salary of $7 million in 2016.
In 2015, Peppers appeared in all 16 games for the Packers and totaled 36 tackles, 10.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles for the Packers. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 32 outside linebacker out of 53 qualifying players.