Patriots reportedly re-sign safety Jabrill Peppers to 2-year deal


Peppers played 17 games last season for New England, recording 60 tackles and recovering a fumble.

Jabrill Peppers was a physical force in the New England secondary last season. Greg M. Cooper/AP

The Patriots would retain some noise in their secondary unit.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, New England re-sign safety Jabrill Peppers to a two-year contract. Peppers played 17 games last season for New England, recording 60 tackles (35 solo) and recovering a fumble.

A former first-round pick, Peppers joined New England on a one-year deal last season after tearing his ACL while with the Giants in 2021.

Signed as an all-around secondary option capable of dishing out crushing blows, Peppers’ reps grew as the 2022 season continued.

His physicality has made him a reliable option in New England’s special teams unit, with Peppers’ propensity for knocking down opponents creating lanes for comebacks like Marcus Jones.

But that hard-hitting style paid off when Peppers was put in the box on defensive snaps. Peppers ended up recording 35.3% of New England’s total defensive snaps last season, serving as an equalizer against the run.

“Have you seen the guy? The guy looks like the Incredible Hulk,” Matthew Slater said of Peppers last season. “It’s muscle upon muscle. Physique is an understatement when it comes to his game.

“He certainly embraces it and the way he’s able to really roll his hips on contact in short spaces, whether it’s defensively or in the kicking game, it’s super impressive. So he brings a level of physique that few guys his size can bring.

He may not be an adequate replacement for a secondary stalwart like Devin McCourty (who recorded 91.2% of New England’s defensive snaps last season). But Peppers adds much-needed dynamics to a security body that also includes Kyle Dugger and Adrian Phillips.


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