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Peppers goes to Green Bay

New Packers end Julius Peppers had 7½ sacks last season, including one of the Vikings’ Christian Ponder.

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New Packers end Julius Peppers had 7½ sacks last season, including one of the Vikings’ Christian Ponder.

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Packers defense got a big jolt from a big name: three-time All-Pro Julius Peppers.

The former Panthers and Bears defensive end signed a three-year deal Saturday. The team didn't disclose financial terms, but agent Carl Carey said it is for $30 million ($7.5 million guaranteed).

The Packers did not make Peppers available to the media, instead quoting him on their website: "I haven't won a championship. That's where my focus is. I feel like the team is set up to make a run, and I feel I can help get it there."

Peppers went to the Super Bowl in February 2004 with the Panthers, losing to the Patriots.

Peppers, 34, was released Tuesday by the Bears to save salary cap space. He would have counted for $18.183 million, including a base salary of $13 million.

Peppers played in all 64 of the Bears' games the past four seasons, posting 37½ sacks. His 7½ last season were his fewest since a career-low 2½ in 2007, but they still would have tied linebacker Clay Matthews for most among the Packers.

In Green Bay, Peppers is reunited with Mike Trgovac, who coached him for his first seven seasons in Carolina. Trgovac is the Packers' defensive line coach.

Pats keep top receiver, sign suspended corner

The Patriots re-signed receiver and punt returner Julian Edelman and added suspended former Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner.

Terms were not reported.

Edelman tweeted, "Foxboro is home. Excited to be back." Last season, he had team highs of 105 catches, 1,056 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 10.7 yards on punt returns

Browner joins former Buc Darrelle Revis in a revamped New England secondary after fellow corner Aqib Talib left for the Broncos. Browner was suspended in December for violating the league's substance-abuse policy and must miss the first four games of the regular season. He will be allowed to attend camp and play in exhibition games.

The club also agreed to terms with former Panthers receiver Brandon LaFell. It's a three-year deal, according to ESPN. That means the Panthers have lost their Nos. 1 (Steve Smith), 2 (LaFell) and 3 (Ted Ginn) receivers from last season.

Penn to visit Redskins.: Donald Penn, released by the Bucs last week, tweeted he will visit the Redskins this week. Penn played left tackle for Tampa Bay but likely would play right tackle for Washington, which has Trent Williams, a Pro Bowl pick the past two seasons, on the left side. Penn visited the Raiders last week.

More redskins: Cornerback Tracy Porter signed. He started 16 games for the Raiders last season, making two interceptions.

Bills: Running back Anthony Dixon and former Florida Gator linebacker Brandon Spikes signed. Dixon, whose terms weren't disclosed, spent his first four seasons with the 49ers, where he also was a special teams standout. Spikes, who signed a one-year deal, spent his first four seasons with the Patriots.

BRONCOS: Former Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders is expected to sign, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, though neither the team nor Sanders' agent would confirm it.

Browns: Running back Ben Tate signed for two years, $7 million. (Guaranteed money was not reported.) Tate, 25, rushed for 771 yards last season while splitting time with starter Arian Foster.

Jaguars: Receiver Justin Blackmon was not injured in a single-car accident about 4 a.m. Saturday in Jacksonville. Police said Blackmon lost control of his sport utility vehicle after a rear tire blew and crashed into a tree line. Police said alcohol was not a factor. Blackmon has been arrested twice on DUI charges and is currently suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Panthers: Safety Roman Har­per signed a two-year deal worth $4.5 million ($1.5 million guaranteed), reported. The two-time Pro Bowl pick spent his first eight seasons with the Saints.

Seahawks: Tight end Zach Mil­ler agreed to restructure his contract to free up salary cap room. He was due to make $4.8 million this season, but terms of the new deal weren't disclosed.

Vikings: Guard Charlie Johnson, who has started all but one game over the past three seasons, agreed to re-sign for two years.

Peppers goes to Green Bay 03/15/14 [Last modified: Saturday, March 15, 2014 11:49pm]
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