Recently-released Bears defensive end Julius Peppers has agreed to a three-year contract with NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers, reports Josina Anderson:
Source: Julius Peppers has agreed to terms with the Green Bay Packers on a 3-year deal.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) March 15, 2014
Ian Rapoport has early contract details:
What kind of $$ are #Packers putting up? Agent Carl Carey says it's a three-year deal that can be worth $30M. Peppers gets $8.5M in Year 1— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2014
Despite being 34, NFL front office personnel who spoke to Dan Pompei still thought he was "the most talented and complete player" of the three top veteran pass rushers who found themselves on the market (the other two being DeMarcus Ware and Jared Allen). Allen is still looking for a contract, while Ware signed a comparable 3-year, $30M deal with the Broncos.
Worryingly, they seemed to think that his main issue was being motivated to make a consistent effort, and one scout said he would benefit both from playing a lower percentage of snaps, and from having a complimentary pass rusher to divert attention away from him. He could get both with the Packers... we've all seen what Clay Matthews can do.
Still, the eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro, who has 119 career sacks and 40 career forced fumbles, looks happy to have found a new team with which to continue playing...
From 30 minutes ago #stealth RT @CarlCareyPhD: Julius Peppers is officially a Packer! pic.twitter.com/I9HLIjTeLz— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 15, 2014
What do you think this turn of events will this mean for the balance of power in the NFC North?
Difficulty: Not, repeat, NOT an open thread.