​The Carolina Panthers returned to the playoffs last season, and despite an early exit, they are looking to build off of it in 2018. They're already doing that by bringing back a key piece to the defense.

The Panthers have re-signed veteran defensive end Julius Peppers to a one-year contract worth $5 million.

​​At the end of this past season, Peppers, 38, was noncommittal on a return to the NFL, hinting at retirement. However, Carolina believed that he would be back, and it's good to see that's the case.

Peppers' 2017 season was an impressive one. He recorded 33 total tackles, 11 sacks, and two forced fumbles, all with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. That is absolute insanity.

Carolina is going with a veteran approach, looking to win the franchise's first Lombardi Trophy, as longtime Panthers Thomas Davis and Ryan Kalil are retiring after the 2018 season.

Peppers will be back for at least one more year with hopes of capturing his first ever Super Bowl victory.