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.