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Top 5 Landing Spots for Julius Peppers After Release From Chicago Bears

Julius Peppers' Top 5 Landing Spots

Julius Peppers' Top 5 Landing Spots
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In one of many shocking moves on he first official day of the 2014 NFL free agency signing period, Julius Peppers was released by the Chicago Bears, joining DeMarcus Ware as the high-profile pass-rushers who hit the free agent market somewhat unexpectedly. So now that Peppers is set to get another big contract, we take a look at his top five most likely landing spots.

5. Atlanta Falcons

5. Atlanta Falcons
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5. Atlanta Falcons

5. Atlanta Falcons
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Although the thoughts in Atlanta are that the Falcons are transitioning to a 3-4 defense, although they still are technically a 4-3 team. Regardless, Peppers would make Atlanta’s defensive front a powerhouse once again and they’d be foolish not to at least inquire about his services, especially considering they have over million in cap space.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars

4. Jacksonville Jaguars
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4. Jacksonville Jaguars

4. Jacksonville Jaguars
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With the second-most cap space in the NFL and a big hole to fill at defensive end, the Jaguars would be a perfect fit for Peppers if he’s looking for the most cash. Jacksonville runs a 4-3 defense and Peppers would immediately be their best player.

3. Denver Broncos

3. Denver Broncos
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3. Denver Broncos

3. Denver Broncos
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In what seems to be a running theme this time every year, the Broncos are looking for pass-rush help and Peppers would be a solid option to take up some of Denver’s million in cap space. Adding him to the front seven would free up Von Miller to return to the dominant force he was in 2012.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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As many former Bears are doing, Peppers could reunite with Love Smith in Tampa. They run the same 4-3 in which Peppers played in Chicago and Smith obviously knows how to use him already.

1. New England Patriots

1. New England Patriots
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1. New England Patriots

1. New England Patriots
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The Patriots have roughly million in cap space to spend and it was reported Tuesday they didn’t reach a deal with Julian Edelman, so they may apply that money to a pass-rusher and Peppers would be a great fit for them. They technically run a 3-4, but often utilize a 4-3 front as well, and Peppers is talented enough to play both schemes, especially in a fluctuating defense like New England’s.