Julius Peppers leaving Green Bay, headed back to Carolina

Julius Peppers is no longer a Green Bay Packer. The 15-year veteran is returning to the Carolina Panthers according to his agent Carl Carey. Peppers spent the first eight years of his career in Carolina.

Peppers was a five-time Pro Bowler with the Panthers before joining the Chicago Bears in 2010 and then the Packers in 2014.

The Packers signed Peppers to a three-year, $26 million contract in 2014 after he was released by the Bears. In three seasons with the Packers, Peppers recorded 24.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles. He went to his ninth Pro Bowl in 2015. As a part-time player in 2016 Peppers still finished second on the team with 8.5 sacks.

Peppers turned 37 in January. He currently has 661 career tackles, 47 forced fumbles, 11 interceptions and 143.5 career sacks.

Brewers begin spring with 11-0 exhibition win over UW-Milwaukee

PHOENIX — A Milwaukee Brewers tradition of meeting with University of Wisconsin | Milwaukee in a spring exhibition resulted in an 11-0 win for the Brewers, thanks to a pair of home runs from top prospect Lewis Brinson.

Brinson drove in four runs with the pair of dingers in his first spring training game with the Brewers. Scooter Gennett added a solo home run, while Jesus Aguilar added a three-run blast to lead the offensive charge.

“He’s got a good approach,” Gennett said of Brinson. “He doesn’t try to do too much. He’s naturally gifted, he’s blessed, so those guys don’t have to do too much. They don’t have to create or try to hit the ball out of the ballpark, it comes natural when they square it up. That was an example of it today.”

Gennett will get work at third base and left field early in spring training while Ryan Braun takes time off (not injury-related). When Braun gets eased into the rotation sometime after the World Baseball Classic, Gennett will take reps at second base.

The Panthers only mustered a pair of hits in the third annual meeting with the Brewers.