Former Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers 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.

The move was first reported by ESPN. Peppers' agent, Carl Carey, posted photos to his Twitter account of Peppers signing the deal before the team announced it officially later in the day.

The Packers would not make Peppers, 34, available to media. He was released Tuesday by the Bears in a cost-cutting move.

Patriots: Wide receiver Julian Edelman agreed to return to New England after testing the open market. He reportedly met with the 49ers on Friday. Edelman, who enjoyed a breakthrough 2013 season, announced the deal via Twitter.

  • The team announced the signing of cornerback Brandon Browner.

    Broncos: Steelers free-agent wideout Emmanuel Sanders has agreed to terms with Denver, NFL Media's Albert Breer reported Saturday, per a Broncos source. Sanders was scheduled to visit the 49ers on Saturday.

    Bills: Former 49er Anthony Dixon is looking forward to carving a role for himself in Buffalo's talented backfield. He agreed to terms on a free-agent deal with the Bills late Friday night.

    "I wanted to be somewhere where somebody was going to put me to work like I wanted," Dixon said. "I talked to (running backs coach Tyrone) Wheatley, I talked to coach (Doug) Marrone, and that's their plan. ... I'm just looking to come in and show them what I can do and then it's up to them where they put me."


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    Dixon, a backup in four years with the 49ers, joins another crowded backfield in Buffalo, featuring veterans Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.

    Panthers: A person familiar with the situation says Carolina has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with New Orleans Saints free-agent safety Roman Harper.

    Seahawks: Zach Miller will stay with Seattle after the tight end agreed to restructure his contract in an attempt to free up salary cap room.

    Browns: Running back Ben Tate signed a two-year, $7 million free agent deal with Cleveland. He spent the past four years with Houston.

    ESPN.com contributed to this report.