Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson's rare foray into free agency couldn't be going any better.
Peppers, 34, realizes he's in the twilight of his career, but he wants to return to Green Bay for another season in 2015.
Peppers' three-year deal with the Packers calls for $9.5 million in salary and bonuses next season, putting his salary-cap figure at $12 million.
In effect, the Packers drew up the contract as a one-year deal, figuring to release Peppers or restructure his contract in 2015. At this stage of his career, it's even possible that Peppers would hang up his spikes if he earns his first Lombardi Trophy.
"Honestly, I'm taking this thing one day at a time," Peppers explained, "and at the end of the year we'll re-evaluate where I'm at where, where the team is at, which direction they're going, which direction I want to go. So as of right now, I'm having fun, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow."