Peppers registered 7.5 sacks in a noticeably limited role last season, and although that production was impressive for someone his age, the Packers' many free-agent edge defenders may cause them to prioritize options younger than the 37-year-old this offseason. For his part, it's unclear whether Peppers will continue playing or opt to retire, thus complicating his situation further. What's certain, though, is that as the NFL's fifth-leading sack artist all time, Peppers can hold his head high no matter what his future holds.
Less than one year removed from receiving little interest as a restricted free agent, Jefferson will likely garner offers left and right once organizations can contact unrestricted free agents on March 7. Before reaching the final days of the 2016 league year, though, the Cardinals can negotiate with the safety, who exploded for a career-best 96 tackles (78 solo), despite missing the season finale due to a Grade 2 MCL sprain. The organization is handcuffed due to the presence of fellow unrestricted free agent defenders Calais Campbell and Chandler Jones, hence the reason Jefferson is expected to be available upon the opening of free agency.
Among the charges, Revis is facing four felonies (two counts of aggravated assault, one count of robbery, and one count of conspiracy: aggravated assault) as well as one misdemeanor for making terroristic threats. Following the Sunday, Feb. 12 incident, he turned himself into authorities last Friday, after which his upcoming legal road was set in motion. The NFL doesn't weigh in on such matters until the justice system makes a determination, meaning his status with the Jets will likely be in limbo as the 2017 league starts at 4 PM ET on March 9.
Odrick signed a five-year, $42.5 million deal with Jacksonville in 2015, and although he went on to lead the Jags with 5.5 sacks that year, he missed 10 games this past season due to a back injury, limiting him to merely 12 tackles and one sack. In cutting the 29-year-old, Jacksonville is set to save $8.5 million in cap room, which will result in Odrick hitting the free agent market immediately upon his release.
Clayborn, who's entering the last year of his current contract, sustained a torn biceps in the Falcons' divisional-round matchup with the Seahawks and sat our the remainder of the playoffs. It isn't clear if his rehab will prevent him from participating in team workouts come April, but there at least doesn't appear to be any concern over his availability for the start of the 2017 season.
The 35-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down, as recorded 29 tackles to go along with 11.5 sacks through 16 games last season. He'll remain a staple of the Miami defense for at least the next two seasons.
Compton missed just one game due to the sprained PCL and played through the injury in both of the Redskins' final two games. Offseason surgery wasn't necessary, however, so the Nebraska product has subscribed to a regimen of rest and rehab as a means for recovery. He has until mid-April to return to full strength.
Following an investigation into Revis' alleged role in an incident over the weekend, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has brought five separate charges against the star cornerback. The charges include robbery, conspiracy, two counts of aggravated assault, and one charge of terroristic threats. According to Cimini, Revis intends to turn himself in once a warrant is issued Friday. More updates on this case will follow as more details are released.
Amid conflicting eyewitness accounts, an investigation is underway to determine if criminal charges are warranted for any of the parties involved. As a result of the episode, the Jets released a statement. "We've spoken to Darrelle. We're aware of the incident. We'll have no further comment." The organization was already weighing whether to cut bait with Revis, who is due a $2 million roster bonus on March 11 and $15.3 million for the 2017 campaign. Now with a potential legal matter pending, his seat may have grown hotter after the worst season of his 10-year career.
After ranking in the top 10 in the NFL in terms of passes defended (16) last season, Bouye is a hot commodity as he becomes an unrestricted free agent for the first time. The only organization he's ever known, the Texans, are seemingly hamstrung by the commitments already made to others for 2017, including to fellow cornerbacks Kareem Jackson ($9 million) and Johnathan Joseph ($6.9 million). As a result, the front office likely won't allot more than $14 million in order to keep Bouye in the fold this fall. If the preceding comes to fruition, he should strike it rich on the free-agent market and become another team's No. 1 CB.