This morning, Josina Anderson of ESPN reported that the Packers agreed to a deal with former Chicago Bear Julius Peppers worth up to $30 million over 3 years. While Julius has been very successful in the past, going to eight Pro Bowls, people have to remember that he is 34 years old. It would be unreasonable for us to assume that he will be able to stay highly productive for all three years. Peppers, who has performed well against the Packers in his career, is only guaranteed $7.5 million.
This is probably the first big name free agent signing since Charles Woodson in 2006. So far, five of the six free agent signings(five of six were Packer free agents) have been defensively focused. Earlier this week the Packers re-signed both DE Mike Neal and DT B.J. Raji. The terms of these deals were two years, $8 million, and one year, $4 million respectively.
It is nice to see that Ted Thompson is attempting to address the lack of a pass-rush issue that has haunted the Packers for awhile now. If Green Bay can re-sign a healthy Johnny Jolly, the defensive line could be very dangerous next year.