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March 05, 2010

Chicago's signing of Peppers 'imminent'

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Chicago Bears' signing of former Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers is "imminent."

An excerpt:

A press conference announcing the signings of Peppers, Taylor and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna is expected to be held at Halas Hall later this afternoon.

The source said that although the Patriots and Eagles have also made offers for Peppers, the deal the Bears are offering is worth millions more per season and it would be a huge upset if Peppers left Halas Hall, where he is visiting today, without signing what is expected to be a six-year contract with approximately $12 million per year with the first three years guaranteed.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 5, 2010 at 02:24 PM | Permalink


12mil per season is less than we offered. I know that he didn't wanna be hear but you'd think he would want more than that..

Or that Washington would pay more than that. And 12 mil guaranteed over 3 seasons, so thats at least 36 million guaranteed. Still less than Haynesworth. I dunno I think peppers should leverage for more.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Mar 5, 2010 2:38:43 PM

god peppers is an idiot, and now the bears are bigger idiots by association

Posted by: tmack | Mar 5, 2010 2:42:56 PM

good riddence of the no show man...

Posted by: AKJoe | Mar 5, 2010 2:43:37 PM

So what does Peppers get in Chicago he doesn't have in Charlotte? They have no better chance of winning it all than the Panthers do. Or maybe it was all about something else? Carolina boy does not want to be in Carolina.....interesting

Posted by: Ken | Mar 5, 2010 2:52:28 PM

I think Chicago has a livlier "alternative lifestyle" nightlife than Charlotte.

Posted by: Scott | Mar 5, 2010 2:59:28 PM

It sounds like deja vu from when Muhammed left and went to Chicago. How'd that work out for him?

Posted by: lfrancisco | Mar 5, 2010 3:00:49 PM

Sounds like Scott speaks from experience.

Posted by: jeff | Mar 5, 2010 3:02:38 PM

What are we doing right now in FA? We have cut a lot of people but we need some help at WR and D-Line.

Posted by: Tyler | Mar 5, 2010 3:05:22 PM

@ Scott - when you make the kind of money these athletes do, where you live, has very little to do with it..(example) Michael Jordan..

I visit Chicago alot,,,wait until Peppers sees a few of their - 40 weather days, it's brutal, your skin hurts, it's really cold...

This signing only shows he wanted a long term contract at the age of 30, and with guarantees, I'm sure there are alot of perks in the contract, making the ProBowl, lead the league in sacks, etc..to jack it up even more in cost.

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Mar 5, 2010 3:07:34 PM

Haha! Yes!! Now he can use some of that 12 million to invest in North Face!! Have fun in Oct/Nov/Dec games dumbo! Your butt will be missin "home" soon enough!!! LOL!

Posted by: MJW | Mar 5, 2010 3:11:10 PM

The Bears come to Charlotte next season! How loud will the boos be?

Posted by: Mike | Mar 5, 2010 3:16:44 PM

12 mil. per YEAR ? I didn't think Da Bears were that hard up !!

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 5, 2010 3:26:29 PM

Hey Ken, how bout more snow ?

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 5, 2010 3:28:14 PM

boos will be loud Mike

Posted by: Will C | Mar 5, 2010 3:32:27 PM

Peppers will succeed in that system. Bottom line, he no longer wanted to be a Panther. Wish him and Jake much success.

Posted by: John | Mar 5, 2010 3:50:01 PM

Q: What do Julius Peppers and the city of Chicago have in common?

A: Both go cold for long stretches at a time!


Posted by: Panther Dan | Mar 5, 2010 4:21:17 PM

All kidding aside, I wish Peppers well. But the Bears have gone "all-in" on an up-and-down superstar again (see Jay Cutler)...good luck with it.

Posted by: Panther Dan | Mar 5, 2010 4:24:04 PM

Godspeed Julius! Only guy in the Panthers who still has a chance to make it into Hall of Fame... first player voted to all-decade team... more Pro Bowls than any other player here... leader of almost every defensive statistic... never any off-the-field incidents. Carolina is full of haters. With Mike Martz coaching Cutler, and the new front office in Chicago committed to winning by acquiring Peppers, Chester Taylor and apparently pursuing Antrelle Rolle, with Urlacher coming back from injury, certainly a better future up ahead then here with the Panthers. Wish you well!!

Posted by: jj | Mar 5, 2010 4:47:27 PM

... and the Panthers were not offering $72 million with $40 guaranteed either.

Posted by: jj | Mar 5, 2010 4:52:57 PM

jj...disagree that Bears are closer to Super Bowl than Carolina. They certainly don't have Carolina's running game, even with Taylor, have a turnover-prone QB in Cutler and are no better on defense than Carolina (both have elite MLB's and good OLB's, Bears with DL edge but Carolina the edge in secondary). As for coaching, I'll take the proven-but-predictable Fox over the flashy-but-erratic Martz. The Bears are improved today, but not ready to challenge for the NFC Central just yet; Carolina is reloading and may just improve. Peppers wanted out, but didn't end up any closer to a ring. Panther Dan

Posted by: Panther Dan | Mar 5, 2010 5:05:42 PM

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