Julius Peppers DL CHI 16 Days
Speaking Thursday at the Combine, Bears GM Phil Emery was evasive when asked about Julius Peppers' future with the team.
"I will say that Julius is part of our football team," Emery said. "He is under contract. We're all coming off an 8-8 season. We have a lot to improve upon and that is where our heads are at." Now 34 and coming off a down season, Peppers is set to count a monumental $18.183 million against the cap in 2014. Ticketed for a $9.9 million base salary after restructuring his contract last September, Peppers will have to be open to sizable pay cut to remain in the Windy City.
Julius Peppers DL CHI 1 Month
NFL writer Dan Pompei agrees that RE Julius Peppers will need to take a pay cut to return to the Bears.
Peppers is scheduled to earn over $18 million in 2014 and will likely have to cut that in half at the very least. If Peppers is unwilling to reduce his salary, then the Bears are going to be left with no choice but to cut him. Chicago has holes to fill on defense and can't have Peppers eating up over 14 percent of the cap space. Peppers just turned 34 last month.
Julius Peppers DL CHI 1 Month
ESPN Chicago believes there's "simply no way" RE Julius Peppers can return to the Bears in 2014 at his existing salary.
We agree. Peppers, 34, is scheduled to earn a $13.9 million base salary and count $18.183 million against the cap. A contract extension would make little sense, so Peppers will likely have to take a drastic pay cut or be outright released. Peppers could re-sign on a much cheaper deal, but the Bears would be smart to get younger on defense. Peppers admitted he's in his decline phase.
Julius Peppers DL CHI 2 Months
Bears GM Phil Emery declined to commit to RE Julius Peppers for the 2014 season.
"I'm not going to get into contracts," Emery said. "He's under contract. Julius had an 8-8 year like all of us, like I did, and that's where he's at." Peppers has two years left on a six-year, $84 million deal and is set to count a whopping $18.183 million against the salary cap. The soon-to-be 33-year-old already admitted during the season that he's in his decline phase. Peppers led the Bears with his 7.5 sacks this past season but wasn't near the dominant player we grew accustomed to seeing.
Julius Peppers DL CHI 3 Months
Bears RE Julius Peppers admits he's entered his decline phase.
Peppers is still capable of affecting games intermittently, but can no longer dominate for long stretches. He has just four sacks through ten starts. "You reach a point where your body won't always do what your mind tells it to," said Peppers, who turns 34 in two months. "Sometimes you get up and come to practice and the body just isn't going to do it that day." Pro Football Focus has graded Peppers negatively in both run and pass defense.
Julius Peppers DL CHI 4 Months
Julius Peppers has just one sack all season.
Peppers accepted a restructured salary ahead of this season, but is still making $9.9 million in base pay. He's graded out as ProFootballFocus' No. 32 4-3 defensive end among 46 qualifiers so far. Owed $13.9 million with a $18.1 million cap hit in 2014, Peppers is likely in his last season with the Bears. He'll turn 34 years old in January.
Julius Peppers DL CHI 6 Months
Bears RE Julius Peppers carries an $18.183 million cap charge in 2014.
His salary is scheduled to be a non-guaranteed $13.9 million with a $100,000 workout bonus. It's notable because Peppers has one tackle through Chicago's first two games, and Pro Football Focus has given him negative grades for pass rushing in each week. It's possible Peppers is showing his age at 33 1/2.
Julius Peppers DL CHI Feb 19 '13
The Chicago Tribune says the Bears could ask DE Julius Peppers to restructure his contract this offseason.
Peppers won't be taking a paycut after his fifth straight Pro Bowl season. But he's set to count $16.3 million against the cap, a monster number that can be reduced via bonus money. The Bears will need to create some room if they are going to use the $8.3 million franchise tag on free agent DT Henry Melton.
Julius Peppers DL CHI Jan 07 '13
Julius Peppers is not expected to be a salary cap casualty this offseason.
Peppers' 2013 salary of $12.9 million carries a cap number of $16.3 million. While cutting Peppers would save money, the salary-cap implications make the move unlikely. Still playing at a high level at age 32, Peppers finished with the fourth-most sacks (11.5) among defensive ends.
Julius Peppers DL CHI Sep 29 '12
The Bears have taken a mix-and-match approach to their four-man rush packages this season.
Chicago has rotated Julius Peppers, Israel Idonije, Shea McClellin, Henry Melton, and Cory Wootton between DT and DE. "We've moved all of our defensive linemen different places, and that could all change next week," coach Lovie Smith said. "That's the beauty of having the type of athletic ability we have there." The Bears currently have four defensive linemen ranked in the top 40 in sacks.