Julius Peppers won't be hounding Aaron Rodgers anymore. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports photograph

GASP! Julius Peppers is the newest member of the Green Bay Packers


Julius Peppers this morning on the Lambeau Field turf moments after signing a three-year contract with the Green Bay Packers. Courtesy of Julius Peppers' agent posted on Twitter.

Julius Peppers this morning on the Lambeau Field turf moments after signing a three-year contract with the Green Bay Packers.
Courtesy of Julius Peppers’ agent posted on Twitter.

 

OK, sit down, relax, and catch your breath – yes that tweet you just read is apparently true … former Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers  has signed a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers. Specific contract details were not immediately available.

The news broke through Twitter and I must admit that having been off the grid last night, I didn’t see any other reports about the Packers even sniffing around Peppers.

But here we are, Ted Thompson haters … all you folks who haven’t been happy that Thompson hasn’t reached out beyond 1265 Lombardi Avenue in search of players to bolster the team – especially on the defensive side of the ball. Thompson has broken the mold in this signing and has, without Peppers even stepping once onto the field, shaken up the Packers defense.

The only sure things on the defensive line is that the Packers also re-signed B.J. Raji, they have Datone Jones, Mike Daniels, Jerel Worthy and Josh Boyd in house. C.J. Wilson, Ryan Pickett and Johnny Jolly are still out there on the free agent market. Will Thompson attempt to sign any of those guys now that he’s brought Peppers into the house?

And how will this affect the Packers and their Draft board?

Peppers will come to Green Bay as a 34-year-old defensive end who has been durable and productive. In his career he has missed only two games. He was the second overall selection by the Carolina Panthers in the 2002 NFL Draft, played eight seasons with the Panthers before leaving in free agency for the Chicago Bears in 2010.

In his career, he has 119 sacks, nine interceptions, 2 touchdowns (the longest return being 97 yards), 64 passes defensed and 40 forced fumbles. He’s also had 454 tackles and 109 assists.

To me, those are Hall of Fame numbers.

But how much does he have left in the tank? Can he give the Packers at least a season or two of solid production? How will he fit in the locker room?

So many questions, but plenty of time to answer them.

It’s been an interesting first week of free agency for Green Bay as they, for the most part, stood by and watched billions of dollars fly around and players nearly by the minute change teams.

The Packers silently worked their own players – re-signing cornerback Sam Shields, Raji, OLB Mike Neal and tight end Andrew Quarless. Clearly, the focus in free agency has been defense – a pretty clear need and a good strategy by Thompson. Peppers only adds to the renewal on that side of the ball.

Now the question is whether Thompson is done with free agency … will he continue to look for the value players he could plug into the roster?

Stay tuned …

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  • David Burdette

    Complete and utter surprise. But also the best wake up a guy could ask for lol.

  • Peter Maiz

    Peppers is an incredibly talented player that is not a hard worker; he’s also a senior citizen by NFL standards. A 2 year deal would have been better.

  • billy

    its a rental….one and done if he is a flop…but he was the best pass rusher on the Bears last year if that means anything…we’ll see where Dom moves him too…NT i hear…..

    • holmesmmd

      No way Peppers would ever play NT! What are you talking about? He’s an elephant end or an OLB in sub packages who will be asked to rush off the edge on passing downs. The man had 7.5 sacks last year and was the only source of pass pressure on the Bear’s D-line. He will develop Jones with his experience as well. He will only be asked to play 25-30 snaps/ game. I think it’s solid pick for depth and QB pressure. If it doesn’t work out, they can walk away from him next season.

  • ScooniePenn10 .

    Harkens back to R Wolf signing Sean Jones. He is definitely an upgrade for the pass rush. If you put Matthews and Peppers on the same side of the field or opposite sides(booya) there’s going to be some sleepless nights for opposing Offensive Coordinators

  • Packamaniac

    Good move, let’s hope it’s not the last.

  • Mike Brand

    if we can get one or two good years out of him this could be a great deal. but all those years in a 4-3 to go to a 3-4 will be something to watch . to bad we dont go after allen now those two would fix the front

  • billy

    Bears fans can afford to be so callus because their team signed NFL superstar M.D. Jennings to play safety earlier this week. And that virtually guarantees the Bears are going to the Super Bowl. In fact, we hear the NFL has already started printing Bears NFC champions gear.
    It was bound to be 1985 again one of these years and this year most certainly is it.
    Oh, and here’s one Peppers tweet that did catch our eye.
    “”Julius Peppers will count twice as much against Chicago’s salary cap in 2014 as he will against Green Bay’s salary cap.””

    • billy

      is that true?? Still counting against their cap? Now thats funny stuff…he’ll hopefully be playing with a chip on his shoulders and something to prove…if he’s not an all pro anymore so be it, just take the heat off of Matthews and play really good against da Bears….he may not be an all pro but he aint getting all pro money either…

  • tbbully

    Julius Peppers is an instant upgrade to Packers D…he is mean durable and can put up 10 sacks a year…not quite as fast but a great athlete…nice addition to the Pack.

  • Patrick

    Initially I was not sold on this deal. But for one maybe two years Peppers’ has the potential to be a legit pass rusher and someone who can step up in big games. Nice work Ted!

  • Steve

    It’s about time Ted did something significant. Two thumbs up!