Even before the ink dried on the contact that DE Julius Peppers signed with the Green Bay Packers last week, there were those in both the Green Bay and Chicago camps who were saying that Peppers was washed up, that he had nothing left in the tank and that the Packers were taken to the cleaners on this one.
But don’t tell former Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo. He’s the guy who signed him back in 2010 and someone who knows a thing or two about personnel.
This week, appearing on a local radio show, Angelo had nothing but good things to say about the former Bears defensive end-turned-Packer.
“They certainly didn’t pay what we paid when we signed him (in 2010),” Angelo said. “But I will say I think it was a very good signing by Green Bay. They’ve never really had a secondary rusher to go along with Clay Matthews. Peppers will give them that now. He can still play. We know that, even though his production tailed off last year. He’s still a good football player.
“When you team him up now with a Clay Matthews, you’re probably going to see the best of what Peppers is because teams won’t just be focusing on him and they’ve got to deal with Matthews first.”
Angelo said not only at it was a good signing financially by the Packers but that it was a good football move because not only can Peppers still play but that Peppers may be the perfect complement to Clay Matthews.
Finding a bookend rusher opposite Matthews has been a failed experiment the past two seasons and now that the team has someone like Peppers in house that may change.
For all those out there who feel that Peppers was a reach for the Packers, I’m more inclined to go with the Packers’ brass on their judgment. Coupled with Angelo’s affirmation I feel that they know more at this point than we do.
But in the meantime, all we can do is wait until the ball is kicked off and Peppers takes his first snaps in Green and Gold.
Stay tuned …