Late last night, or early this morning, I posted about one former North Carolina football player, wide out Hakeem Nicks, getting a new contract. This morning comes news of another former Tar Heel, defensive end Julius Peppers, finding a home. It seems that the eight time pro bowler will spend his next three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. For the veteran defenseman this should be the last time he will negotiate a contract with any NFL franchise, at least as a player that is.
Peppers, who was drafted by the Carolina Panthers in 2002, then headed to Chicago four seasons ago in with what a huge contract, was released by the Bears mid week due in part to the salary cap that he represented this coming season. There had been rumors that the D lineman could be headed to Dallas, but in the end it seems that the former UNC football star traded in the Windy City for the Frozen Tundra. The 12 year pro led the Bears in sacks last season, and I am sure that his new team will want him to give them the same production.
While there is no denying the talent that Peppers has on the field, and the longevity that he has shown in the past seasons, not having missed a game while with the Chicago Bears, will he be able to keep mother nature and aging at bay? One does have to wonder if a three year contract was a bit too long for the 34 year old, but since contracts are not guaranteed in the NFL, it could actually just be one season and done for Peppers. It will be interesting to see how Green Bay uses the former pro bowler and what they get in return. This is just another great story to follow in the year ahead regarding former North Carolina players now in the National Football League.
So far I have see no news so far regarding the contract, but when more information comes out about Peppers or any other former or current North Carolina players I will make sure to update it right here on ISPORTSWEB. Until then enjoy all the conference tournaments leading up to tomorrow’s bracket selections.