The Green Bay Packers aren’t normally a big player in free agency as they have traditionally built their team through the draft and supplemented the roster with low-cost signings, with the exception of Reggie White and Charles Woodson.
The defending NFC North champions strayed from their formula when they signed Julius Peppers to a three-year deal worth up to $30 million after he was released from the division rival Chicago Bears.
Peppers is as athletically gifted as any defensive lineman in NFL history, but the Packers will deploy Peppers from an outside linebacker position in their 3-4 defense.
McCarthy says Julius Peppers will be with LBs/elephants in terms of position coaches (Moss) but will be “multiple” in role.
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) March 25, 2014
Look for Peppers to be a force on third downs this season and get after the quarterback from a new position, with a new team, but for his customary sack totals to be the same as he should be motivated after he was released after a 7.5 sack season with the Bears in 2013.