It’s not quite dogs-and-cats-living-together-type stuff, but it’s close: Ted Thompson has broken out the bucks for a guy who doesn’t already play for the Packers.
Eight years since adding Charles Woodson after urged to acquire an impact player to the defense by Brett Favre, the Packers G.M. has signed a high-profile free agent from another team.
Agent Carl Carey has announced on Twitter that free-agent defensive lineman Julius Peppers has agreed to terms with the Packers.
Cut this week by the Bears at a time when his compensation was increasing to $14 million and his skills have been declining, Peppers brings whatever he has left in the tank to Titletown.
It’s unclear how much Peppers has left in the tank. His compensation from the Packers will reveal what his new team thinks of a player who undoubtedly will be moved to outside linebacker in the team’s 3-4 defense.
The Packers already have Clay Matthews, Nick Perry, and Mike Neal at the OLB position. It could be that Thompson wants a Seattle-style four-man rotation that is able to continuously chase the quarterback while remaining rested and fresh and, for a change, not injured.
The 34-year-old Peppers was the second pick in the 2002 draft, sandwiched between quarterbacks David Carr and Joey Harrington. After eight seasons in Carolina, Peppers signed a six-year, $84 million contract in Chicago.
Four years and $53.5 million later, he’ll get a chance to give the Packers a much-needed boost on defense. Based on his performances in 2013, some will be skeptical about just how much of a boost it will be.