In the last four or five years, Carolina has put together a few very good football teams and made it all the way to the Super Bowl not too long ago. It seems they are only a few moves away from glory.
Carolina reached into the past to help them with their upcoming season, signing Julius Peppers to a one year contract. Peppers is a 15 year veteran of the league and spent his first eight seasons with the Panthers after being the number 2 overall pick in 2002.
UPDATE: Julius Peppers is headed home to the @Panthers!
— NFL Network (@nflnetwork) March 10, 2017
Peppers played in the Panthers’ first trip to the Super Bowl, a 32-29 loss to the New England Patriots. He has totaled 143.5 sacks, including 8.5 last season for the Green Bay Packers. He will play alongside good friend Charles Johnson who just resigned, as well as a gritty defensive unit in Carolina. Age will be a factor, but the 37 year old played primarily on passing downs last year and was very productive as a result. Older, situational pass rushers have worked out historically if they are used properly and not overworked.
Is bringing Peppers back a good thing, or is the team being too cheap with its personnel?