Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels broke onto the scene in 2013 after registering a career-high 6.5 sacks and 31 quarterback pressures.
And now he will get to learn from one of the best pass-rushers the NFL has ever seen in ex-Bears defensive end Julius Peppers.
Daniels couldn't contain his excitement when talking about the prospect of having Peppers as a teammate next season.
“You’re going to hear me talking about Julius Peppers all off-season,” Daniels told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tyler Dunne. “Charles Woodson played pretty well at 34. Julius Peppers is by every means of the word a ‘freak of nature.’ I don’t think age is going to affect him too much. And he’s got some pretty good players lined up with him. Our front seven is very good. When you add the element of Julius Peppers to that. The sky’s the limit in my opinion.”
Peppers signed a three-year, $30 million deal with the Packers last month, although only $7.5 million is guaranteed. Peppers had his lowest sack output since 2007 with just 7.5 last season. But Packers head coach Mike McCarthy envisions a different role for the future Hall of Famer by using him as both a stand up linebacker and with his hand on the ground on the defensive line.
"When you’ve got Peppers, it’s hard to ignore him," Daniels said. "I don’t know if you’ve had the opportunity to see him, to get on the field after a game or something. Oh my God. Wait until you see him in person when he comes in the locker room. It might scare you."
The Bears will soon find out when they will get their first look at Peppers in a Packers uniform when the 2014 NFL schedule is released later this month.