Scratch Julius Peppers off the Dallas Cowboys’ wish list.
The eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end signed a three-year deal with the Green Bay Packers on Saturday, bringing one of the NFL’s best pass-rushers to a team that has historically avoided major free-agent splashes.
Peppers’ deal is reportedly worth up to $30 million, with $7.5 million guaranteed.
The move was first reported by ESPN. Peppers’ agent, Carl Carey, posted photos to his Twitter account of Peppers signing the deal and standing on the still-frozen tundra of Lambeau Field before the team announced it officially later in the day.
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The 34-year-old Peppers was released Tuesday by the Chicago Bears in a cost-cutting move. He would have counted $18.183 million against Chicago’s salary cap this season and had a base salary of $13 million.
Peppers, who has 119 career sacks in 12 seasons, had 7.5 sacks in 2013.
Sources said Friday that the Cowboys had interest in Peppers if they could get him at the right price to fit into their snug salary cap opening. Dallas only has about $7 million in salary cap space.