Turning 36 on Monday -- happy birthday, by the way -- Green Bay's veteran pass rusher acknowledged Saturday night that he was "not sure" if he'll return for his 15th NFL season in 2016.
Peppers played well this season, piling up 10.5 sacks over 16 straight starts for a Packers defense that improved down the stretch. The takedown totals were his most since 2012, but he's also set to count $10.5 million against the cap next season.
Still, his presence on the outside allowed Green Bay to use Clay Matthews at inside linebacker, and it's clear Peppers is beloved by a locker room that voted him a playoff captain for the second straight year.
Like plenty of veterans after a long season, Peppers needs time to think and get his body right. If both sides still feel the money is right, we'd expect him to return for one more shot at the Lombardi.