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07:27 AM ET 02.14 | With Jimmy Graham looking for a contract, the Saints were in desperate need of some financial relief -- and gained that earlier this week by releasing Will Smith, Jabari Greer and Roman Harper. The team also announced they would not renew linebacker Jonathan Vilma's expiring contract. With the league's new year set to start on March 11, expect the other 31 teams around the NFL to follow suit. ... [Julius Peppers] showed some signs of life late last year, collecting 6 sacks in the last five games of the season. Despite the little resurgence, Peppers' skills look to be in decline and he will cost the Bears more than $18 million in cap space next season. Chicago is in desperate need of talent all across its defense and concentrating a sixth of their cap space on one player would not be an efficient use of money.

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February 14, 2014  07:28 AM ET

There will be lots of spare parts available soon. Attention K-Mart shoppers!!

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February 14, 2014  08:42 AM ET

His best years were in Carolina.

February 14, 2014  09:27 AM ET

If Julius signs with Cleveland, he and Davon Bess can team up as Assault and Peppers

February 14, 2014  09:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If Julius signs with Cleveland, he and Davon Bess can team up as Assault and Peppers

(I realize Bess plays on offense, I couldn't think of a defensive player charged with assault recently and didn't ant to pass up on the pun)

February 14, 2014  09:44 AM ET

There are a lot of players the Bears could not offer, release, cut, get rid of, including Melton, Hester, both safeties (and I use that word lightly) etc. etc. to free up some $$$. (They should boot the dud McClellin, but will probably make him a stand-up rusher for a season.) Peppers might agree to a cut in pay and restructuring. If he's offered, he should grab it.

February 14, 2014  09:46 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

His best years were in Carolina.

He's just older and lost the proverbial step. (You wonder if he would have made that play at the end of the GB-Bears game at the end of the season, sacking Rodgers, if he had that step. It was nearly his best moment all season.)

February 14, 2014  04:14 PM ET
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(I realize Bess plays on offense, I couldn't think of a defensive player charged with assault recently and didn't ant to pass up on the pun)

I don't blame you. It was a hell of a good pun.

February 14, 2014  11:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

(I realize Bess plays on offense, I couldn't think of a defensive player charged with assault recently and didn't ant to pass up on the pun)

I dug it.

 
February 14, 2014  11:29 PM ET

George Watson, spot on, I second the hester/safeties option, I think we need all the pass-rush help we can get...although if he doesn't want to restructure, unfortunately we should cut him to clear up some space...

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