Peterson (6-foot-3, 285 pounds) is a fourth-year player who spent his first three NFL seasons with Green Bay after the Packers selected him in the third round (79th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft. Peterson competed in training camp with Green Bay this year but was waived by the club on Sept. 2.
In 34 career regular-season games (0 starts), Peterson has totaled 54 tackles (34 solo), three sacks (14 yds.), five pass breakups, one fumble recovery and two forced fumbles. He also has played two career postseason contests (0 starts), posting four tackles (3 solo) and one sack (2 yds.) in those games.
Peterson played all 16 games with Green Bay in 2005 and recorded three sacks and 30 tackles (17 solo) for the NFLâ€™s top-ranked pass defense (167.5 ypg.). The 27-year-old also added four pass breakups, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble for the Packers during the 2005 campaign.
Peterson appeared in nine regular-season games and one postseason contest in each of his first two professional seasons with Green Bay (2003-04). In the Packersâ€™ NFC Wild Card Game against Minnesota during the 2004 season, he registered the first sack of his career.
At Ohio State University, Peterson played 45 career games (15 starts) and totaled 84 tackles (51 solo) and 12 sacks. He was a second-team All-Big Ten Conference selection in 2002 and helped the Buckeyes win the national championship with two sacks against Miami in their Fiesta Bowl victory.
Peterson was a consensus All-American as a senior defensive lineman at McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio, and helped the school to a state championship victory in 1997.
James Kenneth Peterson was born Nov. 21, 1978, in Canton, Ohio.