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Julius Peppers signs with Packers

Four days after he was released by the Bears, veteran defensive end Julius Peppers on Saturday agreed to a three-year contract with the rival Green Bay Packers.

The 6-7, 287-pounder started all 16 games for the Bears each of the past four seasons, recording 151.5 tackles, 38 sacks, three interceptions, 19 tackles-for-loss, 12 passes breakups, nine forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries.

Peppers signed with the Bears on the first day of free agency in 2010 after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Panthers. He was selected by Carolina with the second overall pick in the 2002 draft out of North Carolina.

Peppers, who turned 34 in January, was voted to the Pro Bowl in each of his first three seasons with the Bears. Last year he compiled 48.5 tackles, 7.5 sacks, one interception, four tackles-for-loss, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

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