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Report: Bears trying to deal Julius Peppers

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One of the prize free agent signings of recent years is reportedly on the trading block.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Bears are seeking to deal defensive end Julius Peppers.

Peppers, 34, recorded 45 tackles and seven sacks in 2013. He has appeared in all 64 regular season games in his four seasons with Chicago, notching 37.5 sacks in that span.

Peppers is slated to make $13.9 million in salary in 2014, according to Rotoworld data. His compensation and age work against any deal, making Peppers a logical candidate to be released if a trade cannot be completed.

Peppers has recorded 118.5 sacks since entering the NFL in 2002. He played eight seasons with Carolina before signing a monster deal to join Chicago in March 2010.

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33 Responses to “Report: Bears trying to deal Julius Peppers”
  1. believeland2014 says: Mar 10, 2014 5:53 PM


    Let the dynasty begin!

  2. blacknole08 says: Mar 10, 2014 5:54 PM

    I wouldn’t mind Peppers coming back to the Panthers as a situational pass rusher to spell Hardy and Johnson.

  3. elliottcovert says: Mar 10, 2014 5:55 PM

    Great player for a long time, but Peppers is getting long in the tooth. There’s no way that any team in its right mind would be willing to shell out a draft pick for Peppers at his salary right now. He’s certain to get released soon.

  4. seatownballers says: Mar 10, 2014 5:58 PM

    Didn’t get Bennett, so they are eyeing Michael Johnson

  5. leatherface2012 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:01 PM

    look at that picture. a packer being tackled? say it aint so!!! maybe they should score tds a\instead of doing ads

  6. pats777 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:02 PM

    Short of the usual crazies like the Skins or Raiders, ain’t no team gonna pay that salary AND give up draft picks in the process.

  7. shorttracknews says: Mar 10, 2014 6:02 PM


  8. leatherface2012 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:04 PM

    ahhh the glory packer years of 1969 thru 1993. only 25 season of futility. and dont give me this crap about 13 world championships. half those were won when the stock market crashed 85 years ago

  9. eaglesw00t says: Mar 10, 2014 6:05 PM

    One word…Done. He is 34. DEs don’t play into their 40s. His cap number is astronomical. No chance he gets traded

  10. nfl4days says: Mar 10, 2014 6:07 PM

    If he wasn’t so expensive it would be cool to see him back with the panthers as a rotational guy.

  11. lalder95 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:07 PM

    As a Bears fan, I hope we can get this done. Seems like he is going to be gone one way or another, so we may as well get something for him.

    I know Emery is a miracle worker, but I don’t think even he can pull off trading a soon-to-be 35 year old that’s making $18M this year. But I can hope.


  12. Norseman says: Mar 10, 2014 6:08 PM

    Um…. a couple years too late.

  13. pftking says: Mar 10, 2014 6:13 PM

    Lol! Stupid Bears, do you honestly think anyone would give you anything for a player on the decline and an enormous contract?

  14. rl7911 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:13 PM

    Who would trade for Peppers? lol

    The only GM that would trade for this clown and overpay him is Emery.

  15. shaggytoodle says: Mar 10, 2014 6:19 PM

    Trying to deal, or looking to trade. Is shortly followed by.

    The _______ have cut ________. Because of… cap space/reduced production

  16. wjarvis says: Mar 10, 2014 6:33 PM

    While I think it’s extremely unlikely the Bears find a taker for Peppers, his contract this season is $13.9 million plus a $1ook bonus, not $18 million (that’s only for the bears because it’s his salary plus the offset signing bonus). The team that picks up his contract could also then cut him at any point without having any dead money. Of course that still means he has the highest base salary of any DE in the league, but if you have the cap space for the year the team will probably only need to give up a 7th round draft choice for his rights without having to compete with other teams.

  17. ohiobears says: Mar 10, 2014 6:35 PM

    a year late and a dollar short. I’d rather have MJ over Bennett anyways, let the games begin…

  18. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 10, 2014 6:45 PM

    No one wants that salary.

  19. scottychicago says: Mar 10, 2014 6:49 PM

    Emery didn’t sign Peppers. that would be jerry angelo.

  20. moeman79 says: Mar 10, 2014 6:56 PM

    Emery didnt sign Pepper Jerry Angelo did

  21. clavette says: Mar 10, 2014 6:57 PM

    demarcus ware to the bears?

  22. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Mar 10, 2014 6:59 PM

    I love all of these stories about teams desperately trying to trade these huge cap numbers before releasing them.

    Do they really think anyone is stupid enough to give up a draft pick for the right to pay Julius friggin Peppers $14M next year when they KNOW the Bears will just cut him?

    Or Steve Smith?

    Or Chris Johnson?

    Seriously, stop. Just cut them and move on.

  23. baldeaglejohnie says: Mar 10, 2014 7:06 PM

    Reggie was 32 or 33 when we left the birds. now I’m not saying Peppers is Reggie White . but I’m thinking , might be worth it to get in early and try to work a deal with him. for the right price we will take him in Philly !

  24. jagsfan1 says: Mar 10, 2014 7:07 PM

    Lovie can have him and make him QB.

  25. kane337 says: Mar 10, 2014 7:16 PM

    He’s a future Falcon

  26. snookau says: Mar 10, 2014 7:24 PM

    Nope, kane.

    He’s a future Buc. Two words: Lovie Smith.

  27. phuriousjorge says: Mar 10, 2014 7:30 PM

    Sad, but it’s time to go.Teams sign these older guys with long term back loaded deals knowing they will just cut them when the time comes.

  28. Jessica says: Mar 10, 2014 8:01 PM

    Pep for S. Smith straight up

  29. kabasaman says: Mar 10, 2014 8:11 PM

    Lot’s of cash for 5 sacks, Maybe?

  30. jdubs82 says: Mar 10, 2014 9:19 PM

    Panthers fans saying how if his contract wasn’t so big, they’d make the trade… you guys do realize that if his contract wasn’t so big the Bears wouldn’t be trading him? He isn’t being traded because he’s a bad player, he’s on the block because age has slowed him down and he’s now a solid player being paid like a superstar. If his contract was smaller, the Bears wouldn’t even be considering trading or cutting him

  31. zo121179 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:26 PM

    To who?

  32. coosmac says: Mar 11, 2014 12:27 AM

    Lovie Smith! please take him

    If you do, I will never say another bad things about you!

    you owe us (Bears fans!)


  33. jgedgar70 says: Mar 11, 2014 10:45 AM

    Fellow Panther fans, have you developed amnesia? Don’t you remember him saying he would never sign a long-term deal with us, regardless of salary? And don’t you remember him saying in his early days in Chicago that he was so happy to be out of North Carolina? And why was he so happy? Because he said everyboy in NC is a stupid redneck that liked to drive their boats up near his home on Lake Norman and stare in to look at him, and nobody does that in “cosmopolitan” cities like Chicago.

    He deserves whatever ill treatment the Bears give him. We have 4 defensive ends that out-performed Peppers last year. We don’t need him.

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