The Chicago Bears‘ fan base woke up to a collective kick in the gut on Saturday morning. Less than five days after cutting ties with eight-time All-Pro defensive end Julius Peppers, Chicago learned via Twitter that the arch-rival Green Bay Packers had signed Peppers to a three-year deal. Of course, Peppers was free to go wherever he pleased, but a move up north seems rather peculiar considering Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson rarely makes this kind of splash in NFL free agency.
Furthermore, Green Bay surely targeted Peppers for his durability more than anything. Packers fan have grown accustomed to seeing stars like Clay Matthews and even Charles Woodson miss chunks of the season, while Peppers hasn’t missed a single game since the 2007 season. If nothing else, Thompson definitely jacked up the ticket prices for the two Packers vs. Bears games this year; yet time will tell if Peppers can truly help a Green Bay defense that has struggled over the years.
Either way, the 34-year-old defensive end joins a select few to have dawned both Bears and Packers uniforms. Needless to say, Peppers definitely stirred the pot by joining forces with Green Bay, but this drama will all be for not if the aging pass-rusher doesn’t produce in Dom Capers‘ 3-4 defense.
As for Chicago? Well, this is just the nature of the beast as Peppers was too expensive to keep and now the defensive end is out for some revenge. Now it’s time for these two trash-talking fan bases to earn their reputations!