Seven seasons after leaving and three years after nearly returning, Julius Peppers is coming home.
According to his agent, the Carolina Panthers’ all-time leader in sacks has agreed to a deal that will let the North Carolina native finish his career where he began. Peppers, the No. 2 pick of the 2002 draft, has since racked up 143.5 sacks, good for fifth on the all-time list.
After bolting Charlotte for Chicago in 2010, Peppers talked to the Panthers about returning in 2014. But the Packers swooped in with a much bigger offer, putting the homecoming on hold.
The Panthers aren’t planning to have Peppers, 37, play a full-time role. He’ll most likely start and see around 20 snaps per game.