With the Chicago Bears in the market for a top-tier defensive end, it is no secret that Julius Peppers may have played his last game in a Bears uniform. Rumors have circled for weeks that the Bears plan on releasing Peppers, though, the team may have another option in mind.
Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted on Monday that the Bears are shopping Peppers around the league.
Bears calling around the league, seeing if they can find a trade partner for DE Julius Peppers, per sources. Trade unlikely…
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2014
A trade is certainly unlikely. The biggest reason why Peppers will not be traded is because he is earning $13.9 million for the 2014 season. In addition, every team in the NFL knows that Peppers is on outs with the Bears. The Bears hold almost no leverage in any Peppers trade discussion and that is why general manager Phil Emery is not going to find a deal to his liking.
The 34-year old Peppers is a shell of his former self and struggled to generate consistent pressure last season. Peppers recorded 7.5 sacks for the Bears last season.
Peppers will remain on the Bears roster until the team is able to sign a legitimate defensive end. Once that happens, Peppers will almost certainly be released.