Julius Peppers will be wearing a new uniform while harassing quarterbacks this coming season, and that uniform will be green and gold. Yes, the Packers have agreed to a three year deal with the veteran pass rusher that could be worth up to 30 million dollars.
The deal includes a guarantee of $7.5 million and $8.5 million for the first year’s salary.
At 34 years old, many weren’t sure Peppers would find work so fast, but just four days after being released by the Bears, he finds himself joining the division rivals. Peppers will add a presence on the defensive line beside B.J. Raji and will help take off some of the pressure from Clay Matthews.
It can’t be expected that the 34 year old will be the same player he was 10 years ago, but if Peppers can be on the field for 50%-60% of the defense’s plays, then the deal was well worth it. But, the deal comes as a surprise to many after Ted Thompson sat seemingly idle for the first several days of free agency while more expensive, but much younger pass rushers were taken off the board. Likely Thompson hopes Peppers will be a contributor and help lead to a deeper run in the playoffs this season, and also serve as a role model and leader in the locker room for the young defensive lineman on the Packers roster.