The snaps were down on defense this season for safety Jabrill Peppers, and now he is done for the season with knee and ankle injuries. After praising everything Peppers did for the Giants, on the field and off it, coach Joe Judge on Wednesday said something not often heard at times like this.

Judge talked about Peppers’ contract status, and his possible future with the team.

“There’s some other things, from a business standpoint too, look, this guy’s in a contract year,” Judge said. “It’s something I talked to him about directly. This is a guy I value a lot in this program. I’d love to have this guy going forward, I told him that directly.”

Indeed, this is the final year on Peppers’ contract, and it is possible he has played his last down for the Giants. He needs surgery to repair a ruptured ACL and he might not be ready for the start of the 2022 season. With Logan Ryan and Xavier McKinney as the starting safeties and under contract, it is certainly plausible the Giants will move on from Peppers.