Julius Peppers DL CHI 17 Days
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 1 Month
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 3 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 10 Months
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 11 Months
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.
Julius Peppers DL CHI Dec 02 '11
Julius Peppers was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month for November.
Peppers finished the month with a flourish, recording two sacks, a tackle-for-loss and five quarterback pressures against the Raiders last week. He has eight sacks and 41 QB pressures in 11 games this season. Peppers is on pace for his seventh double-digit sack season as one of the NFL's premier defenders.
Julius Peppers DL CHI Oct 17 '11
Julius Peppers (knee) was a surprise participant in Sunday's Week 6 win over the Vikings, and ended up having his best game of the year with a tackle and two sacks.
He was visibly hobbled, but he and his teammates had the Vikings' numbers from the jump. Lovie Smith kept him in the game until the closing minutes, despite a 26-point lead that was maintained from midway through the third quarter until the final whistle. Whether or not that was a wise move remains to be seen, but we're hoping that it's an indication that the injury isn't serious.
Julius Peppers DL CHI Oct 16 '11
Bears RE Julius Peppers is active and in the starting lineup for Sunday Night Football against the Vikings.
It's repayment for the Vikings' 2010 listing of Brett Favre as doubtful and subsequent decision to play him against the Bears. Peppers apparently looked good in pre-game warmups despite a sprained MCL, and is in the first-team lineup. There's no way to tell how effective Peppers will be, but the Bears' defense is much better off even if he's only at 60 or 70 percent.
Julius Peppers DL CHI Oct 12 '11
Bears RE Julius Peppers has a sprained MCL in his left knee, but has not been ruled out of Sunday's game against the Vikings.
Peppers' sprain appears to be very mild. He limped off the field during Monday night's loss to the Lions for a few plays, but was able to effectively play through it most of the game. It sounds like the kind of injury he can get braced and then play through some discomfort Sunday. Peppers has two sacks and 12 tackles through five games.