Packers 2014 Roster Preview: New Additions At Outside Linebacker

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Julius Peppers will be communicating a lot with Clay Mathews as gets ready to play his first season in Green Bay.

To prepare for training camp, we will be breaking down every player on the Green Bay Packers' 90-man roster in more detail, looking at contract terms and 2013 statistics, before we make our prediction for which players will make the 53-man roster at the end of training camp.

We continue our preview of the Green Bay Packers 2014 roster as we look at the new additions for the Packers on the outside linebacker position, featuring the team's biggest free agent signing in several years.

#56 Julius Peppers

6'7", 287 pounds
How acquired: signed to a three-year deal via free agency in March

2014 Contract Details (signed through 2016)

Base salary: $1 million
Signing bonus: $7.5 million
Total compensation: $8.5 million
Salary cap number: $3.5 million

2013 stats

Chicago Bears

16 games played, 16 starts
45 total tackles (34 solo), 7.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery (returned for a touchdown), 3 passes defended

Peppers spent last season in the NFC North chasing around his new starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, while playing for the Chicago Bears. At age 33, Peppers played in all 16 regular season games for Chicago and has missed only six games in his entire 12-year career. His new three-year deal will pay him handsomely in year one while he likely splits time between a traditional outside linebacker position, the Packers' new Elephant end spot, and an interior pass-rushing stance.

#91 Carl Bradford

6'1", 252 pounds
How acquired: selected by Green Bay in the fourth-round (121 overall) in the 2014 NFL Draft

2014 Contract Details (signed through 2017)

Base salary: $420,000
Signing bonus: $429,300
Total compensation: $849,300
Salary cap number: $527,325

2013 stats

Arizona State Sun Devils

61 total tackles (45 solo), 19.0 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks, 1 interception (returned for a touchdown), 4 passes defended

While at Arizona State, Bradford was a two-year starter and had a team-high in tackles for loss and sacks in 2013. In Todd Graham's defensive unit, Bradford lined up at "Devil-backer", which is a hybrid defensive end/linebacker position, similar to the Elephant end that the Packers are expected to use in 2014.

#49 Adrian Hubbard

6'6", 257 pounds
How acquired: signed as an undrafted free-agent in 2014

2014 Contract Details (signed through 2016)

Base salary: $420,000
No signing bonus
Salary cap number: $420,000

2013 stats

Alabama Crimson Tide

33 total tackles (20 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, 3 passes defended

While playing for Nick Saban at Alabama, Hubbard's best season actually came in his Junior year, when he put up 11 tackles for loss and seven sacks. His best college game during his senior season came in the thrilling loss against Auburn when he registered six tackles and recorded a sack. His height will draw comparisons to Peppers, and a heart issue is likely a reason why he went undrafted despite impressive testing at the Scouting Combine.

#47 Jayrone Elliott

6'3", 255 pounds
How acquired: signed as an undrafted free-agent in 2014

2014 Contract Details (signed through 2016)

Base salary: $420,000
No signing bonus
Salary cap number: $420,000

2013 stats

Toledo Rockets

70 total tackles (43 solo), 14.0 tackles for loss, 9.0 sacks, 5 forced fumbles, 2 passes defended

In college, Elliott earned First-Team All-Mid-American Conference honors during his senior season while playing defensive end, but he is a natural candidate for a shift to outside linebacker in the Packers' 3-4 defense. He led the Rockets in tackles for loss, sacks, and forced fumbles a year ago and totaled 16 sacks over his four-year career.

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