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Peppers could push Harris off Bears roster

J. Peppers.jpgBuried in an article about how desperate the Bears are for defensive talent was an interesting thought by Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Could Julius Peppers push Tommie Harris off the Bears roster?

Hayes credits two sources that say Harris is at serious risk of being released before a $5 million bonus is due in June.  Signing a big-ticket defensive lineman like Peppers could make the team less likely to blow more money on Harris, who has struggled in recent years.

Ultimately, we’re not sure the issues are truly related.  The Bears are willing to spend big money this year, and the team’s decision makers are mostly “desperate” to save their jobs.

Even if that means overpaying for a free agent and someone already on the roster.

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23 Responses to “Peppers could push Harris off Bears roster”
  1. certaincoachditka says: Mar 4, 2010 9:54 AM

    So Bears would be keeping Vasher, who’s getting Pro Bowl money to seat on the bench and releasing Harris who played almost all season fairly well? Not gonna happen.

  2. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Mar 4, 2010 9:59 AM

    This is a reach. True, Harris has been injured on occasion. But talent like his, especially on the D-Line, is hard to come by. I don’t see the Bears letting go of Harris, unless they can recoup some high draft picks.

  3. perryjoseph says: Mar 4, 2010 10:07 AM

    not gonna happen

  4. Brady12 says: Mar 4, 2010 10:07 AM

    Why Would Peppers Want To Go To The BEARS Out Of All Of The 4 Teams, It Must Be The Money That Will Make Him Join Them, That Just Make’s Me Mad When Ppl Play For The Money & Not Because They Love Winning,

  5. Nevisyakker says: Mar 4, 2010 10:08 AM

    Harris isn’t producing much so it is hard to believe the Bears will want to pay him. Peppers is great when he wants to be and very average when he is less than inspired.
    A very real question will be how inspired Peppers will be when he has the big contract tucked away, all the guaranteed money in the bank, and one less thing to provide motivation.

  6. schooney says: Mar 4, 2010 10:15 AM

    will take big money and loan Jerry some for another “Leather” face lift

  7. BBrophy1 says: Mar 4, 2010 10:17 AM

    The Bears wanting Peppers is a smoke screen for really wanting aaron Kampman. They have too many holes to solve with 1 big ticket free agent. they need multiple moves and Peppers contract demands will prevent them from making them.

  8. Shaun Lowrie says: Mar 4, 2010 10:23 AM

    I don’t get it. The biggest problem for Harris has been that he is not as disruptive with the terrible players playing alongside him (Anthony Adams etc) that aren’t nearly as disruptive as Tank Johnson was in his biggest year. The guy needs help, because right now with an ageing or unproductive group, Harris is the focal point of offensive lines.
    If you add Peppers, you don’t then subtract a guy who would both play better and help Peppers play better? Too often teams get caught in a situation where they’ll try to replace a guy who can be productive, rather than giving him the help he needs.

  9. NelsonLRodriguez says: Mar 4, 2010 10:24 AM

    Brady12 = Douchebag
    Bears are one of the most popular, big market franchises in the league. A few players away from being a real contender.
    Thats why, you pathetic tool

  10. Cameltoecleavage says: Mar 4, 2010 10:26 AM

    Hope they cut him, the ravens can sign him and he can play as a 3-4 de cuz Trevor pryce has nothin left in the tank

  11. Peoples Champ says: Mar 4, 2010 10:35 AM

    “A very real question will be how inspired Peppers will be when he has the big contract tucked away, all the guaranteed money in the bank, and one less thing to provide motivation.”
    He won’t be very inspired…he’s gonna shut it down and go into the tank as soon as he gets paid.

  12. hizzle1281 says: Mar 4, 2010 10:46 AM

    the Bears are a WR & LT away from being a playoff team again

  13. bugslayer says: Mar 4, 2010 10:48 AM

    Brady12….are you mentally challenged or what? Ask yourself why YOU go to work….is it love of the job or the weekly paycheck that floats by, and why should these guys be ANY different because they happen to play for your favorite team? If they weren’t getting paid they would do something else

  14. scrapdawg12 says: Mar 4, 2010 11:05 AM

    Doesn’t matter…the rumblings are that the Redskins will be giving huge money to Peppers. The NFL isn’t fair but yeah well. When you got money and don’t care how you spend it I guess your entitled to do it. One of the reasons the world is the way it is.

  15. bearsrule says: Mar 4, 2010 11:07 AM

    NelsonLRodriguez says: March 4, 2010 10:24 AM
    Brady12 = Douchebag
    Bears are one of the most popular, big market franchises in the league. A few players away from being a real contender.
    Thats why, you pathetic tool
    Hey buddy…good news. Turns out that ass cancer you wanted me to die of was contracted from the tip of your mothers tongue. I thought the burning sensation was just from the hot sauce.

  16. Jabberwocky says: Mar 4, 2010 11:20 AM

    “The biggest problem for Harris has been that he is not as disruptive with the terrible players playing alongside him (Anthony Adams etc)”
    Uh, no. AA is actually one of the few that has played well along the D-line. Just check on his metrics on PFF; that’s ProFootballFocus.com. This would never happen, because the Bears don’t have the ability to replace his talent. They’ll risk paying him $5 million bonus in hope he’ll regain his form.

  17. DMCD says: Mar 4, 2010 12:10 PM

    I agree that this is a smoke screen to Kampman- He’s a high motor guy, possibly has added motivated in part by the death of his former head coach- Also leaves a lot of money for Boldin- Harris isn’t going anywhere!

  18. GRID says: Mar 4, 2010 12:21 PM

    Fact: Tommie Harris isn’t worth what he’s getting paid, but there’s no salary cap this year, so who gives a crap. He’s better than his backups, and gives Lovie/Jerry the best chance to retain their jobs
    Fact: Nate Vasher sucks since signing an extension. However, most of his ‘pro bowl’ money was paid to him in 07 and 08. He’s didn’t make that much money last year, and he won’t this year. The Bears feel they should get SOMETHING for the money they invested in him.
    Fact: According to Julius Peppers Wikipedia page, he’s about to sign with the Bears (ROTFLMAO on that btw)
    Fact: Angelo and everybody below him will (more than likely) get whacked at the end of this season, so they’re going to be ‘ALL IN’ to get a pass rushing DE, an updgrade at S, and a playmaking WR.

  19. GRID says: Mar 4, 2010 12:25 PM

    Oh one other thing… if the Bears can deal Greg Olsen for a 2nd or 3rd rounder – they’d be all over Anquan Boldin for a 3rd rounder.

  20. Rex Grossman says: Mar 4, 2010 12:31 PM

    The potential of Tommie Harris and Julius Peppers together is pretty scary. But it looks like Harris is out of gas.

  21. msnyder275 says: Mar 4, 2010 1:52 PM

    The author of that comment is a recent transplant from Minnesota. I find his perspective to be naive and sometimes flat-out wrong.
    In this case, its the latter. There is no connection between Peppers and Harris, except maybe flying sweat on game day.
    Anyway, Cutler is responsible for the d-line woes. Surprised nobody brought this up.

  22. Sow Crates says: Mar 4, 2010 1:57 PM

    Harris is far and away the team’s best defensive tackle. Pass rushing yes, but staying to his assigned gaps, absorbing blockers and making plays in the backfield against the run are also things Harris does way better than any other DT on the roster.
    If anything, Harris will be far more valuable again with Peppers on the team. Vice versa too, it will return Peppers to some variation of when he had Kris Jenkins with him on the same defensive line 5 years ago

  23. SonOfNOLA says: Mar 4, 2010 2:48 PM

    Tommie Harris & Seddy Ellis, 2010.

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