I heard this rumor on the Internet and in the newspaper, and I felt that it was my duty as a Redskins fan to rant about what could be an incredibly stupid decision.
For those of you that haven't heard, rumor is that the Redskins are going to strongly pursue Peppers, and with the uncapped year and the deep pockets the Redskins have, with all likelihood, they will get him.
In case you hadn't already got the idea, this is just extremely stupid. And, yes I will get around to explaining why.
Julius Peppers has come out saying he wants a big paycheck. While this is an uncapped year, it's probably safe to assume the cap will return and a very good chance by next season.
This means that the Skins sign Peppers to the big, multi-year contract with guarantied pay. When the cap returns, the Redskins will find Peppers sucking away a lot more of their money then he deserves.
I know what people are saying "But Peppers is a Pro Bowl caliber player! Surely we can afford to pay him a large contract!" I seem to remember another aging Pro Bowl defensive end we signed to a big contract that didn't pan out, a man by the name of Jason Taylor. I know, I shouldn’t just assume all defensive ends over 30 are the same, but I think it's safe to say breaking the bank on a defensive linemen entering the twilight of his career is usually not a good idea. Peppers isn't exactly known for a great work ethic either, especially when he's not playing for a new contract.
Not only would Peppers performance at 30 with a lot of guaranteed money coming his way be questionable under any circumstances, he will also most likely have to learn a new position. All signs seem to be that the Redskins will use the 3-4, if not exclusively, at least as a large part of their game plan. Peppers has never played as a 3-4 outside linebacker, and many players find the transition difficult.
Also, there is just no real need for Peppers. Orakpo is obviously better suited for outside linebacker and Andre Carter, while also new to the position, is just as good as Peppers, if not better, and will be considerably cheaper.
Even if the proposed 3-4 conversion never comes to pass, Jeremy Jarmon is a talented young defensive end ready for his chance, and Philip Daniels still has one or two good years left.
Basically the Redskins have no need for a highly paid, aging player who will be switching positions.
There is just no reason to sign Julius Peppers. Even if the Skins were willing to take the risk of signing him to a big contract, there is just no need.
This whole idea is just idiotic. Unfortunately, with Dan Snyder at the reins, that's why I'm afraid it might happen.