Panthers Sign Julius Peppers

The Panthers are bringing back Julius Peppers back home, agent Carl Carey tweets. The discussions between the two sides were first reported by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). It’s a one-year deal, according to Peter Schrager of FOX Sports (on Twitter). <a rel=

Peppers, 37, spent the first eight years of his career with the Panthers. In Carolina, he earned five Pro Bowl selections and three First-Team All-Pro nods. He is one of the greatest players in franchise history and he’ll now get to finish his career where it all started.

Of course, a Peppers return is more than just a feel good story. Even at this stage of his career, Peppers is still a very effective player. Last year, he appeared in all 16 regular season games (11 starts) for the Packers and recorded 7.5 sacks. He also started in all three of Green Bay’s playoff games.

All in all, he was on the field for 715 snaps in the regular season and he appears to be as durable as ever. Peppers has only missed two games in his career due to injury (sprained MCL, 2007). He was out of action for four games in his rookie season, but that was due to a suspension.

Peppers played a variety of positions during his tenure in Green Bay, so it’s logical that he could slot in at defensive end, linebacker, or even defensive tackle. The Panthers have a trio of first-rounders manning linebacker, so it’s unlikely that he’ll start there. It’s more likely that he’ll start at defensive end, where he’ll be competing with Mario Addison and Kony Ealy for snaps.

PFR ranked Peppers as the seventh-best free agent edge defender.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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10 comments on “Panthers Sign Julius Peppers

  1. jacobsigel1025

    Peppers fits well in New England for me because after getting Gilmore, Harmon, Branch signed and probably Butler and maybe Hightower, Bill needs to fill the void of Sheard and Long and Peppers might be cheap and probably wants a championship

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    • Krahril45

      He is going to the panthers or packers. Why would he go to the patriots?

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      • _kherz23

        Championship

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      • Beantown

        Are u guys num ur writing these comments on a report that is telling u that peppers signed with the panthers and ur sitting here saying hes good for the pats and he should go there and the other dude says he’s going to the panthers or packers did u not read the arrival clearly stating he signed with the panthers hello

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        • Beantown

          Artical*

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  2. acarneglia

    Would be a great story for both him and Carolina and a low risk high reward addition

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  3. Matt

    Bringing back Julius peppers back home sounds weird, if not incorrect grammar.

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  4. woody

    In a few years we will hear about the medical issues he has. This is part of the problem, they don’t know when to quit and there is always a team willing to sign them. Then after their playing days the have to deal with the repercussions of all the injuries.

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    • mikedickinson

      Meaning? He’s missed 2 games in his career. He’s in great shape for his age. He’s taken great care of himself over the years and still has a lot left in the tank.

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  5. lucienbel
    lucienbel

    As a Packers fan having watched Peppers the last few years, it’d be unfortunate for him to not get a solid amount of snaps at Linebacker. None the less, must be nice for him to start and end in the same place…you don’t see that much these days, even with detours in between like he had.

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