At long last Packers make free-agency big splash

Julius Peppers of the Chicago Bears works out during a summer training camp practice at Olivet...

Julius Peppers of the Chicago Bears works out during a summer training camp practice at Olivet Nazarene University on July 30, 2010 in Bourbonnais, Illinois. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFP)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:18 PM ET

Talk about a big splash.

It’s like your grampa, who hasn’t swam in decades, jumping devil-may-care into your swimming pool -- off the roof of the house.

Figuratively, that was Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson on Saturday morning upon signing free agent pass-rush specialist Julius Peppers, formerly of the arch-rival Chicago Bears.

Normally the most reticent of the conservative-minded NFL GMs when it comes to first-wave free agency, Thompson shockingly plunked down an offer worth up to $30 million over three years in front of Peppers.

It proved irresistible. Peppers signed it.


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