Julius Peppers DL GB 2 Months

Packers DC Dom Capers confirms Julius Peppers will "play at a number of different spots."

"We have all the defenses you can have," Capers said. That's not necessarily a good thing. With Clay Matthews (thumb) and Nick Perry (undisclosed) both sidelined, Peppers spent Thursday's OTAs session at outside linebacker. The Pack are planning to utilize Peppers as an "elephant" rusher. That likely means he'll line up at end in Green Bay's base defense, rush from the interior in sub-packages and mix in snaps at outside linebacker.

Julius Peppers DL GB 4 Months

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggests Julius Peppers' "elephant" role will consist of lining up at end in Green Bay's base defense, rushing from the interior in sub-packages, and mixing in snaps at outside linebacker.

We've slotted Peppers at end on our depth charts because we think he'll play there the most. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry still figure to be the Packers' primary outside linebackers, with Peppers and Datone Jones at end, and B.J. Raji at nose tackle. Mike Neal, Mike Daniels, and Jerel Worthy will be the top front-seven reserves. Talent can no longer be DC Dom Capers' excuse on defense.

Julius Peppers DL GB 4 Months

The Packers plan to utilize Julius Peppers as an "elephant" rusher, a linebacker/defensive end hybrid.

Julius Peppers DL GB 4 Months

Packers signed Julius Peppers, formerly of the Bears, to a three-year deal.

Three years is a long commitment for a 34-year-old, but there is likely little, if any, guaranteed money past 2014. Peppers still has some juice left in the tank and could flourish in a situational pass-rushing role in Green Bay. The eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro has 119 career sacks and 40 forced fumbles in his career.

Julius Peppers DL GB 4 Months

"Multiple sources" tell ESPN Dallas the Cowboys have interest in free agent Julius Peppers.

Julius Peppers DL GB 5 Months

Bears released RE Julius Peppers.

Julius Peppers DL GB 5 Months

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are shopping RE Julius Peppers for trade.

It's the likely certain precursor to Peppers' release. Peppers' 2014 salary cap number is nearly $20 million, and Chicago needs that space to be active in free agency as well as sign its rookie class. At this point, GM Phil Emery would probably accept a late seventh-round pick for Peppers, although he won't even get that. Expect Peppers to be dumped by Tuesday afternoon.

Julius Peppers DL GB 5 Months

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 GB 6 Months

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 GB 6 Months

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.