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.

33 responses to “Report: Bears trying to deal Julius Peppers

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.


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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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 !

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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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