GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers defense has gotten a big jolt from a big name: eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers.

The ex-Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears defensive end signed a three-year deal with the Packers on Saturday morning, bringing one of the NFL’s best pass-rushers to a team that has historically avoided major free-agent splashes.

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.

The Packers would not make Peppers, 34, available to media.

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“I haven’t won a championship,” Peppers told the Packers’ website. “That’s where my focus is. I feel like the team is set up to make a run, and I feel I can help get it there.”


Ben Tate, 25, signed a two-year, $7 million free-agent deal with Cleveland, which has been desperate to find a quality every-down running back since trading Trent Richardson to Indianapolis early last season.

• Two people with direct knowledge of the deal tell The Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings and left guard Charlie Johnson, 29, have agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth as much as $5 million.

• A person familiar with the situation says Carolina has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Saints free-agent safety Roman Harper, 31.

• The Raiders agreed on a two-year deal to keep free-agent safety Usama Young after an injury-shortened first year in Oakland.