We've already been through the pitfalls to taking a chance on Julius Peppers, and we've done it more than once.
The only way I could see it is if the market isn't there for Peppers. Now we have evidence that Peppers will get paid.
Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports that the Redskins are "expected to pursue" Peppers. And you know what that means ...
Washington owner Dan Snyder isn't afraid to spend, and normally, if he's swinging for the fences, he'll hit his home-run in the first inning of free agency. It was in the early morning hours of the first day of the 2009 league year that the Redskins came to terms with big-ticket DT Albert Haynesworth.
Now, the only way to get something done at that juncture with a big-ticket free agent is to make the money too much for the player to pass up, and that's usually the way Snyder gets it done.
Bottom line: If the Redskins are involved, and Snyder really, really wants Peppers, then this thing will get too rich for the Patriots blood (particularly with negotiations with Vince Wilfork to worry about) quickly.
And as I've said before, that might not be a bad thing.