According to reports close to the situation, former Chicago Bears DE Julius Peppers has agreed to a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers. The financial aspects of the move have not been released yet.
According to those reports, the Packers signed him to this deal with the idea of bringing him on for this season and having him under contract if they want to keep him after this season. This move makes sense for the team, considering the fact that Peppers is 34-years old.
This deal could spell trouble for the Bears, if Peppers returns to the form that made him an eight-time Pro Bowler. Peppers has always been known as one of the most dominant defensive ends in the NFL, with an ability to disrupt a passer’s rhythm and blow by offensive linemen. In his career, Peppers has 119 sacks and 39 forced fumbles.
The Bears released Peppers in a salary saving move, a move which saved the team around $10 million. Since then, the team has signed Lamarr Houston and Willie Young to Peppers’ former position, and have also been linked to former sack leader Jared Allen.
While Peppers didn’t have the same success as usual last season, he still was able to get 7.5 sacks. Despite this decent number, it was his lowest total since 2007 when he had 2.5. Even if those numbers seem okay, visually fans could tell he was not the same player that made the Pro Bowl the two previous seasons.
If Peppers goes back to the form that made him considered as the top DE in the game, it could be very scary for the Bears who basically gave up a physical freak for nothing to their biggest rivals.