Peppers announced his retirement from football Friday, ESPN.com's David Newton reports.
Selected second overall in the 2002 draft, Peppers played 266 of a possible 272 games in 17 NFL seasons, ultimately finishing in fourth place on the all-time sacks list (159.5). He also ranks second to only Robert Mathis with 52 career forced fumbles, though the statistic has only been tracked reliably since the early 1990s. The 39-year-old pass rusher was just shy of elite for most of his career, but the combination of longevity, durability and reliability give him a rock-solid case for the Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, the Panthers are left with Mario Addison and not much else at defensive end, a position they'll likely address in the early rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Peppers will take "a couple of weeks" to make a decision on his future in the NFL, David Newton of ESPN reports.
Peppers is said to be "50-50" on whether he will retire or not. Following a five-sack season in 2018, the soon-to-be 39-year-old seems to have something left in the tank.
Peppers recorded two tackles (both solo), including a sack, in Sunday's loss to the Lions.
Peppers sack was his second in as many weeks and his fourth on the season. He'd need a strong finish to equal his 11-sack output from a year ago, but his production is impressive given he's 38 years old and seeing a more limited snap count than in years past. Looking ahead, Peppers and the Panthers will face off against the Seahawks in Week 12.
Peppers had three tackles (one solo) and a sack in Thursday's blowout loss to the Steelers.
The Panthers struggled to slow down the Pittsburgh offense all evening, with Peppers' sack being one of only two hits put on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The 38-year-old isn't the consistent force of his younger days, but has three sacks and two forced fumbles so far to go with 12 total tackles through nine games.
Part of the reason Peppers rested all season is because he had shoulder surgery in February. The other reason is that he's 38 years old and needs to maintain form for the regular season. Peppers continued to defy odds in his 16th NFL campaign, racking up 11 sacks in a reserve role. His snaps will be mainly held to passing situations again in 2018.
|2014||Green Bay Packers||16||44||29.0||15||7||2||101||50.5||52||2||11|
|2015||Green Bay Packers||16||37||25.0||12||10.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||16||23||15.0||8||7.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||3|
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|2015||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0|
|2016||Green Bay Packers||16||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|