Dec 15, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) warms up prior to the game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Bears Free Agency News: Julius Peppers Released


The Chicago Bears rolled out the red carpet for Julius Peppers in 2010 when then head coach Lovie Smith flew to Peppers‘ house and made sure he signed a lucrative free agent contract with the Bears.

In 2014, it was that same lucrative contract that ended Peppers’ time with the Bears. The Bears announced on Tuesday that they have terminated the contract of Peppers. Peppers is now a free agent and can sign with any team in the NFL.

The Bears releasing of Peppers was expected. Entering free agency, the belief was that the Bears were going to release Peppers as soon as they signed his replacement. The Bears stayed true to that belief as hours after they reached an agreement with free agent defensive end Lamarr Houston, the team announced the cutting of Peppers.

While Peppers certainly did not live up to the contract that he signed with the Bears, the veteran defensive end did have a couple solid seasons with the team. Peppers best season with the Bears came in 2011 when the defensive end recorded 11 sacks and forced 3 fumbles.

2013 was undoubtedly Peppers’ worst season with the Bears. Peppers recorded only 7.5 sacks for the Bears in 2013 while many Bears fans questioned if he ever was on the field.

With Smith now in Tampa Bay, Peppers may be headed to the Bears of the south.

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  • Brian

    Great news! Now with the addition of Houston, hopefully we can resign Melton and add a good DT in the draft to put beside him like Donald or Nix and we are lookin pretty good on the D-Line…. It’s a good start Emery, keep it up

    • http://dawindycity.com/ Jordan Campbell

      Melton seems to be inching closer to Dallas with each passing day. The Bears will target the d-line in the upcoming draft. Nix and Jernigan have been heavily associated with the team’s pick.