The Green Bay Packers have made a big-name sign in the fifth day of free agency. The Packers signed former Bears’ defensive end Julius Peppers. Peppers signs a three-year, $30 million contract to be in Green Bay.
Peppers was released by the Bears before free agency began and Peppers made visits and talked to several different teams until settling downs with the Packers. Peppers is one of the league’s best pass rushers in the last decade and now joins the company of another, well-developed pass rusher, Clay Matthews.
Peppers put together his least productive season in 2013 since signing with the Bears in 2010 by recording just 45 tackles and seven sacks. However, the two years prior to that, Peppers recorded a total of 22.5 sacks and the Packers are hoping the 34-year-old Peppers can do that again.
The Packers did insure themselves in case Peppers is missing a step. Peppers will make $8.5 million in 2014. However, after this season, his contract is a year-to-year position. The Packers would be able to release him at any point.
Peppers is extremely durable. Since coming into the league in 2002, the All-Pro pass rusher has missed a total of six games. Peppers never missed a game during his time with the Bears.