Not everybody is enamored with Julius Peppers, who will be by far the biggest prize on the diluted free-agent market.
Albert R. Breer of the Boston Globe reports that several NFL insiders wonder if Peppers is worth the $13 million per year he may fetch on the free-agent market because he disappears for long stretches.
"I wouldn't touch him," an ex-Panthers personnel man was quoted as saying in the Globe's Sunday edition. "On the field, he's a freak athletically, but it's whether he shows up or not. He'll go two and three games and do nothing but take up space. Then he'll have two sacks, a forced fumble, a pick, and change the game."
According to an AFC scout, Peppers "could end up costing some personnel guy his job...If you pay this guy, I don't think you'll see a double-digit sack [season] again the rest of his career."