Julius Peppers back with Panthers to ‘repair the relationships and build that bridge back, not only with the team but with the fans’

Julius Peppers back with Panthers to ‘repair the relationships and build that bridge back, not only with the team but with the fans’

Defensive end Julius Peppers says he feels like he never left home in his return to the Carolina Panthers.

The former Panther, Bear and now former Packer signed a one-year deal Saturday worth $3.5 million, with sacks incentives that could push it to $4.25 million, according to a league source, via the Charlotte Observer. He’ll also collect $250,000 if he finishes with 7 sacks (bonus increases to $500,000 for nine sacks and $750,000 if he reaches eleven sacks).

“I always wanted to come back and repair the relationships and build that bridge back, not only with the team but with the fans, the people,” Peppers said, via the team’s official site.

“That’s what this game is about; it’s about relationships. That was the most important thing for me to come back and tie up these loose ends and give the fans and everybody another chance to see me wear this uniform again.”