Julius Peppers Leaves the Packers for the Panthers

FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2015, file photo, Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Julius Peppers (56) reacts after sacking Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler during the first half an NFL football game in Chicago. They are hardly old men outside the realm of professional sports. Within the NFL, such free agents as Julius Peppers (37), DeMarcus Ware (34), Vincent Jackson (34) and Andrew Whitworth (35), carry caveats with their availability. Just how much do they have left? (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Julius Peppers is headed back to where his career started, signing a deal with the team that originally drafted him second overall out of North Carolina in 2002, the Carolina Panthers, his agent announced on Friday.

Peppers compiled 81 sacks in eight seasons in Carolina, and then the pass rusher spent four years with the Chicago Bears, before returning to the Panthers in 2014. He then signed with Green Bay where he has been for the last three seasons.

Now, 37, Peppers was still productive in 2016, compiling 7.5 sacks and while being one of the Packers' best pass rushers. Peppers often sat out Wednesday practices and took limited reps through training camp to keep him "fresh" for a late season push. Peppers defines longevity in the NFL, and will now enter into his 16th season.

Peppers currently sits fifth on the NFL's all-time sack list with 143.5 QB takedowns, seven shy of moving into fourth place. He is also the only player in NFL history to record 100+ sacks and have at least ten interceptions.

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