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Bears bid farewell to Julius Peppers

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Julius Peppers wasn’t a free agent at 4:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday.  He now is.

The Bears have terminated Peppers’ contract, a six-year, $84 million contract signed by the former Panthers defensive end in 2010.

“We appreciate Julius’ contributions to the Bears over the last four years,” G.M. Phil Emery said.  “He was a leader on our defense starting every game since coming to Chicago.  His accomplishments over his NFL career place him among the best defensive ends over the past 20 years.  The Chicagoland community has benefited greatly from his quiet generosity.  We wish him the best.”

Peppers made $53.5 million in four seasons.  The move avoids $14 million in total compensation for 2014, along with $16.5 million for 2015.

The second overall pick in the 2002 draft instantly becomes a free agent.  It’s unlikely that he’ll be offered anything close to $14 million for 2014.

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51 Responses to “Bears bid farewell to Julius Peppers”
  1. Six Rings says: Mar 11, 2014 7:32 PM

    About time.

  2. tomcous says: Mar 11, 2014 7:33 PM

    Mario Williams on one side … Julius Peppers on the other … Fun thought

  3. thepftpoet says: Mar 11, 2014 7:33 PM

    No more Haplessness.

    No more classlessness.

    Julius Peppers is free.

    Come to Vikings at a cheap contract for a chance to actually win.

    Skol.

  4. revren10 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:33 PM

    come to new england

  5. logicalvoicesays says: Mar 11, 2014 7:34 PM

    Redskins don’t want or need you Julius.

  6. seang12334 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:34 PM

    Bears Y u do dis ?

  7. wawa33 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:36 PM

    He was a better basketball player as a Tar Heel than football. Maybe he should go to the NBA and change his name to Julius Erving Peppers.

  8. denver1983 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:37 PM

    BRONCOS

  9. jakec4 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:37 PM

    Philadelphia might be a good spot.

  10. punkyqb says: Mar 11, 2014 7:37 PM

    Great player in his prime!!

  11. imbetteratlifethanyou says: Mar 11, 2014 7:38 PM

    He wants to join the rotation in Seattle to win a ring. Hawk DEs play barely 50% of the snaps. He could still be very productive and get a ring.

    Seahawks = Super Bowl Champs
    vikings = pathetic franchise
    rwords = racist and pointless

  12. meatcarroll says: Mar 11, 2014 7:38 PM

    The Seahawks acquired Chris Clemons that same year and he’s been more productive than Peppers for a fraction of the cost. Free agency is for fools.

  13. mcfleezy12 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:38 PM

    I’d rather have him than ” offsides, number 99, Houston”. You will see Bears fans, esp. on 3rd and 4

  14. jimmysee says: Mar 11, 2014 7:39 PM

    Minnesota on the line.

  15. rextraordinaire says: Mar 11, 2014 7:39 PM

    Thanks for your time here in Chicago, Pep. Sorry it worked out this way; I can’t really fault you for being insanely expensive. Best of luck going forward.

  16. haraldsigurdson says: Mar 11, 2014 7:40 PM

    I’m sure he’ll hear some good offers soon…ha ha ha

  17. scoops1 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:40 PM

    one of the worst FA signings of all time….

    guy got pushed around…..by everyone in the nfc north

  18. keltictim says: Mar 11, 2014 7:41 PM

    Whoever plans on drafting clowney should look into picking up Julius to mentor jadaveon. Too many similarities to ignore.

  19. kane337 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:42 PM

    A Future Falcon For Sure

  20. greg2geez says: Mar 11, 2014 7:42 PM

    Don’t count out Reggie giving JP $12MM/year to come Oakland. If he can overpay Saffold to replace Veldheer he can go totally ape poo over Peppers.

  21. bigkurt6 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:42 PM

    I didn’t really see him on the field last year……. I forgot he was on the team.

  22. kwjsb says: Mar 11, 2014 7:44 PM

    “I like calling North Carolina home” Julius Peppers

  23. axespray says: Mar 11, 2014 7:44 PM

    1 Playoff Appearance in his time with the bears.

  24. jazsrt says: Mar 11, 2014 7:45 PM

    Great player, horrible contract terms.

    Thank God Jerry Angelo is gone.

  25. robseahawksfan says: Mar 11, 2014 7:46 PM

    I foresee him as Orange Julius.

    (Denver)

  26. goodguyattorney says: Mar 11, 2014 7:47 PM

    Key West doesn’t have a team so maybe he’ll end up in San Fran

  27. blizzard01 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:48 PM

    I speak for the Vikings, Packers and Lions when I say “whatever.”

  28. bullethead527 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:48 PM

    Was always a fan of Peppers, but when he left Carolina, Charles Johnson stepped up became the better DE……

  29. bucrightoff says: Mar 11, 2014 7:48 PM

    Considering Lovie appears to be trying to get all the other Bears retreads…

  30. larryboodry says: Mar 11, 2014 7:49 PM

    Good luck, Pep…Thanks for your contributions the past four years.

  31. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 11, 2014 7:54 PM

    Even with the cap rising he would be overpaid at his previous salary level. Chicago blew a lot of money and missed valuable time over the last 4 years in order to pay him that while coming up plenty short of having a championship team. What a waste of an opportunity.

  32. blackhercules718 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:58 PM

    About time… Jpep has been stealing money for about 2 years….

  33. raiderrob21 says: Mar 11, 2014 7:58 PM

    We need pass rushers. Mr. Peppers, welcome to the…….RAIDER NATION!!!!!!!

  34. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Mar 11, 2014 7:59 PM

    Thanks Pep. It’s a shame you, Peanut, and Urlacher never got a ring in Chicago. With the exception of last year the defense delivered during your time here.

    Good luck and I’m looking forward to hearing that you made it to Canton.

  35. pats777 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:00 PM

    Pats should throw offers at Peppers, Ware, and Allen. All 3 haven’t seen much of the playoffs, at least one of them might bite.

  36. Shinnbone says: Mar 11, 2014 8:01 PM

    SF for a 1yr 5m deal. Not an every down guy anymore but they could have a real nasty front with him in there.
    The Smith bros. Dorsey and Peppers…Damn.

  37. noleitup says: Mar 11, 2014 8:09 PM

    Hes coming to Tampa. Good weather, no state tax and a chance to sack killacam twice a year.

  38. jcbadger34 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:09 PM

    So, who will be the Bears’ pass rushers now?

    Shea McClellin?

    Bears Down! (in the division standings.)

  39. cfos00 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:09 PM

    Peppers was good while he was here but even he had to knew this was coming for a while. He was scheduled to make franchise QB money, and no one in their right mind would have kept him. Nothing wrong with that.

    He was great for the Bears up until last year, and even then you could see flashes of his old self. He can still play and make plays, just not as consistently as he used to. Someone will get another good year or two out of him.

  40. shaggytoodle says: Mar 11, 2014 8:10 PM

    Jared Allen doesn’t expect Minnesota to be winning soon.

  41. ninefingers9 says: Mar 11, 2014 8:16 PM

    Peppers played for the Bears? weird

  42. willmayeshayes says: Mar 11, 2014 8:25 PM

    I would like to thank the @thepftpoet for making me realize why I hate the Minnesota Vikings. May your team live in eternal disaster.

  43. fugginswheat says: Mar 11, 2014 8:29 PM

    Can’t wait to hear what Urlacher thinks about this…..

  44. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Mar 11, 2014 8:34 PM

    Pepp was a baller for the Bears. Every troll from other NFCN teams want to say he sucked, well, your coaches didn’t think he sucked. Every team he played against double-teamed him AND sometimes chipped him with a TE or HB, and he still was disruptive.

    But he wore down. That’ll wear down anyone (look at Allen and Ware).

    It was time.

  45. tfilarski says: Mar 11, 2014 8:38 PM

    thanks pep

  46. willkill4caffeine says: Mar 11, 2014 8:46 PM

    Hoping no one beats me to this…but Brian Urlacher wants to know where the loyalty is.

  47. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 11, 2014 9:00 PM

    Perhaps this means the Bears draft a DE in the first round and leave DT Aaron Donald on the board for Dallas.

  48. kabasaman says: Mar 11, 2014 9:09 PM

    Pep has made enough doe that if he wants to kick back and relax for the rest of his days…..So be it.. At least I hope he’s been smart over all these years.

  49. kabasaman says: Mar 11, 2014 9:11 PM

    I sure hope he doesn’t go “Cry Baby” like Urlacher…….

  50. andreboy1 says: Mar 11, 2014 9:27 PM

    farewell, my fair lady

  51. alshonsmeathooks says: Mar 12, 2014 12:38 AM

    such a shame that he was done last year, he was tearing apart the league in 2010 and was worth every cent and then some

    best of luck

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