Chicago Bears Rumors: Julius Peppers Is As Good As Gone

Julius Peppers

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The Chicago Bears will soon start to feel the lasting effects of signing Jay Cutler to a seven-year deal worth $54 million in guaranteed money. What I mean by that, is Bears general manager Phil Emery is going to have a very tough time keeping Chicago under the salary cap in the near future. Therefore, expect the Bears to have quite a few “cap casualties” this offseason — one of which should be an aging Julius Peppers.

Now, there used to be a time when Peppers struck fear into opposing offensive linemen, but now the watered-down No. 90 has reached his decline and Peppers is the first to admit it. Unfortunately, the Bears signed Peppers to such a large deal in 2010 that the team will now be forced to eat quite a bit of coin. In fact, if Emery decides to sever ties with Peppers like he should, then the Bears will gain $9.82 million of cap room by releasing Peppers after the season.

Surely, Chicago is an organization that would benefit from close to $10 million and this is a rather simple way of doing so. Another NFL team is sure to pick up Peppers this summer, but the defensive end hasn’t made many friends in the Windy City by taking many plays off and amassing just 7.5 sacks all season. Many NFL fans liken Peppers to Jevon Kearse, who known as “the freak” with the Tennessee Titans, but also hit his decline rather quickly. Building a team via free agency has it’s perks, but modern-day Peppers is a classic example of the troubles a team faces when signing a player to a massive contract.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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  • Wal

    So long Julius. The pepper is gone from your pass rush. We need too many replacements on the defense to hope you might have one more good year. Ten mil will fill more holes than you did this season. Lovie is waiting for your call.

    • Farva55

      I agree. He had a nice run with the Bears, but it’s time.

  • CHARLIE

    THE TIME MIGHT OF FINALLY CAME SINCE 2010 WE CHICAGO BEARS FANS AT DINNER TIME WILL ASK THE PERSON WHO IS THE CLOSEST TO THE PEPPER WILL YOU PLEASE PASS ME THE J.PEPPER A SPECIAL KIND OF PEPPER BECAUSE THE BEARS SIGN JULIUS PEPPERS TO A CONTRACT WELL IT LOOKS LIKE THE END COULD BE NEAR IF SO JULIUS YOU WERE A GOOD PLAYER FOR THE BEARS BUT IT IS TIME TO MIGHT SOME CHANGES YOU CAN NOT PLAY FOOTBALL FOREVER SO IF THE BEARS RELEASED PEPPERS WE BEARS FANSCAN GO BACK THE OLD WAY AND SAY PASS THE PEPPER

  • Aaron

    Didn’t people say the same about Urlacher. I would have liked to have seen him out there this year. He may have been declining, but he would have helped. We learned this defense needs to be patched up (some pun intended), not overhauled. Start in the draft, keep your captains (Briggs, Tillman, and Peppers), and get some help in the FA market. If we can afford to lose luster, it is on the offensive side of the ball. The only way Da Bears can make it back to the Super Bowl any time soon is to have a good defense. Time to bring back the real Monsters of the Midway

    • Farva55

      That’s assuming he would have been healthy- which he wasn’t for a full season in several years.