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Chicago Bears likely to cut Julius Peppers

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04:00 PM ET 02.17 | The Chicago Bears thought bringing in a new head coach and shifting the focus of the franchise to the offensive side of the ball would change the losing culture. While the season the Bears turned in wasn't technically a losing season, they failed to make the postseason, even with an offense that looks primed to explode in 2014. Chicago shifting attention to the offensive side of the ball means big defensive cuts are in store, something Jason La Canfora points out in his column this week. According to the CBS insider, the Bears are expected to cut Julius Peppers, along with receiver Earl Bennett.

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February 18, 2014  03:56 AM ET
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Dumping older higher paid players to create cap space.Unheard of !

Peppers' cap hit was outrageous though. This move seemed inevitable as you suggested in comment 1.

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February 18, 2014  06:21 AM ET

The NFL has no program in place for older players, so the cap room is killing all the vets!

February 18, 2014  06:21 AM ET

Maybe Peppers return to Carolina

February 18, 2014  06:40 AM ET

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February 18, 2014  09:30 AM ET

It is the same old story in the NFL - players gets age on him, slows down, his salary, and it all adds up to one thing - time to go.

February 18, 2014  10:03 AM ET
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Maybe Peppers return to Carolina

That would be awesome...... Unless Belicheck talks him into joining the Patriots that is...

February 18, 2014  10:30 AM ET
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That would be awesome...... Unless Belicheck talks him into joining the Patriots that is...

From what I've seen of Peppers, he's more likely to sign with someone willing to overpay for a past-his-prime big name - Oakland, Cleveland, Buffalo, Jacksonville seem likely

February 18, 2014  11:01 AM ET

The Packers have a need. Just el cheapo Ted T won't spend a dime on quality free agents. He'll pick up a couple guys you never heard of just to say he spent money on free agents. To all the Packer haters, Ted is your friend, he will totally screw this franchise up by playing cheap ball. Hey Ted, how about some more 5'9, 185 pound dbacks who are slow, can't cover, can't tackle.

February 18, 2014  11:15 AM ET

If the Broncos were to sign Peppers would he then be known as Orange Julius?

February 18, 2014  12:36 PM ET
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The NFL has no program in place for older players, so the cap room is killing all the vets!

The NFLPA may have out smarted themselves with the Rookie Salary Cap CBA.

February 18, 2014  12:39 PM ET
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If the Broncos were to sign Peppers would he then be known as Orange Julius?

Well, he certainly wouldn't be Dr. Peppers.

February 18, 2014  02:45 PM ET
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The Packers have a need. Just el cheapo Ted T won't spend a dime on quality free agents. He'll pick up a couple guys you never heard of just to say he spent money on free agents. To all the Packer haters, Ted is your friend, he will totally screw this franchise up by playing cheap ball. Hey Ted, how about some more 5'9, 185 pound dbacks who are slow, can't cover, can't tackle.

The Packers don't have a need for a washed up DE. 8 teams have won a SB in the past 10 years. Packers are on that list. Why is that so horrible? I'm glad we didn't waste that kind of money on Peppers when he was a free agent a few years ago. They've won their division 3 years in a row. Wow, Ted is doing a horrible job. The thing is, to get a quality free agent, a team HAS to overspend. Because there's always some team trying to make a splash just by signing a big name. Kudos to Ted for not buying into that. Now, if he can find a way to cut down the injuries....

February 18, 2014  05:44 PM ET
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If the Broncos were to sign Peppers would he then be known as Orange Julius?

Stop that! :)

 
February 19, 2014  12:30 PM ET

One of the few good moves by Jerry Angelo. He was very good in his first 3 years of the deal, but just OK in 2013. With a cap hit of over $18 million there is no chance they will keep him.

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