Green Bay Packers Add Julius Peppers, While the Vikings Sign Another One Of Their Own
It's a busy weekend of NFL free agency and the Vikings have kept their offensive line in tact while the Packers made a big splash with a big name for their defensive line.
NFL.com is reporting that Green Bay signed former Bears defensive end Julius Peppers to bolster their defense, agreeing on a 3-year contract worth a maximum of $30 million. Peppers is obviously a big name, but he had an off year in 2013 for the Bears so it will be interesting to see if he can become the player he once was or if age is catching up with him. If he can return to form it will be a great move by the Packers.
Meanwhile, the Minnesota Vikings re-signed veteran guard Charlie Johnson on a two-year deal worth $5 million. He also had an off year last year, but this will keep the offensive line in tact for the third straight year. I still think they will add more offensive linemen in the draft.
With the Vikings needing to be more active than Green Bay in free agency, they have put themselves now in a position to be flexible in the upcoming draft. They still need a young quarterback, but with Matt Cassel back they don't need to draft one early if whoever they rank at the top is gone. They can now just as easily draft defensive help first, then grab a quarterback they can develop later.
It will be an interesting couple months as I don't think that either the Vikings or Packers are done adding to their rosters.
Who do you think they should get in the draft?