CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Panthers have announced they have re-signed free agent defensive end Julius Peppers to a one-year contract.

A person familiar with the situation says the deal is for $5 million, with $2.5 million guaranteed. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the team does not release financial terms of contracts.

The 38-year-old Peppers will be entering his 17th NFL season, including his 10th with the Panthers. A nine-time Pro bowl selection, Peppers returned to Carolina last season as a free agent and had 11 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.


He's back.

— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) March 14, 2018


Peppers helps provide some depth at defensive end after starter Charles Johnson was released earlier this offseason.

Peppers' 154 { sacks are the fourth-most in NFL history.


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