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March 09, 2010

Peppers' deal not all that guaranteed?

A report on profootballtalk.com says Julius Peppers can be cut by the Bears after one year for performance reasons, and that the money in the second and third years of the deal is only guaranteed against injury.

An excerpt:

Specifically, Peppers' 2011 base salary of $900,000 is guaranteed for injury at the time it's signed; on February 10, 2011, it becomes guaranteed for skill.  Also, a $10.5 million roster bonus due in 2011 is guaranteed for injury at signing.  On February 10, 2011, it becomes guaranteed for skill. 

An $8.9 million base salary in 2012 is guaranteed for injury at signing and then for skill as of February 10, 2012. 

Finally, $1.8 million of Peppers' 2013 base salary is guaranteed for injury only.

So, basically, if the Bears decide before February 10, 2011 that Peppers isn't what they thought he'd be, they can treat it as a one-year, $20 million deal, and walk away.

Posted by Observer Sports on March 9, 2010 at 08:00 AM | Permalink


So it's basically a deal that he would have gotten here had they been stupid enough to give him 20 million. They make him a franchise offer is what it amounted to. Play and get paid and if not you're gone next year.

Posted by: Ron | Mar 9, 2010 8:18:51 AM

We need to get rid of Peppers. Whats that Marty...we already did. At least we did not have to cry for him in front of the cameras.

Posted by: John Fox | Mar 9, 2010 8:27:36 AM

Just a reminder, Julius Peppers is no longer with the Carolina Panthers...he's now a Chicago Bear!!!!

Having said that, just why did the Carolina Panthers sign Jake Dehlomme to a multi-year, multi-million dollar, guaranteed contract last year only to release him the very next year?

Jake obviously will walk away with monies which could/should have been used to upgrade the team.

Now the team must operate on the cheap by drafting unknown players who have never played a single down of football in the NFL.

Posted by: Lawrence | Mar 9, 2010 8:31:50 AM

Good maybe we can get him back if there is football in 2012

Posted by: Mikey | Mar 9, 2010 8:41:20 AM

Julius peppers is truly an idiot for signing that deal, wow! I feel so much better now. If this is true JP should be on the open market in 2011 being shipped from one team to the next like a man whore with no identity. If he was smart he would have signed a long term contract with the Panthers and retired a Panther, bone head move JP!

Posted by: slink | Mar 9, 2010 8:43:25 AM

Sounds like the observer cant let it go. Geez he plays for the bears now. Let it go!! Carolina is jealous I guess.

Posted by: Erock | Mar 9, 2010 8:44:13 AM

we need to go out and get a veteran DE greg ellis, derrick burgess, jarvis green, chike okeafor, vonnie holliday, james hall

just sign someone that will have an impact on the team

Posted by: zach | Mar 9, 2010 9:06:13 AM

Peppers is GONE. Why are we still talking about him? It sounds like you are either (1) trying to get him back or (2) dining on sour grapes that he's gone. Who CARES what the Bears are (or aren't) paying him?

Concentrate instead on how the Panthers are purging all of their veteran talent in preparation for a 2011 lockout. This upcoming season is going to SUCK.

Posted by: aquila6 | Mar 9, 2010 9:09:33 AM

Just a comparison... we spend over 18 million last year for Julius Peppers. That price equals over 18 Brad Hoovers. Too bad we couldn't have kept Brad one more year so he could retire a Panther. Oh well.

Posted by: RB34 | Mar 9, 2010 9:16:27 AM

I hope Peppers is looked at closely. Many people look at his numbers verses how he gets them. He always seems to feast on a weak teams and builds up his sack totals in a few select games. In others he gets blanked and shut down by rookies, full backs and other non elite players. That was a very shrewd move by the Bears.

Posted by: Ryan, Greenville NC | Mar 9, 2010 9:20:06 AM

y does every1 keep saying next season is gonna suck. I think the team is better off the way it is now. Draft a couple recievers/returners. Get some depth on the deline and we are set.

Posted by: cboss | Mar 9, 2010 9:27:04 AM

let,s wait and see what team is going to pick up sorry ass jake delhomme,and why are you so concern with what (pro bowl) peppers is making, you racist dogs talked bad about the man all year what he wasnt doing, to the point that it took the attention off of jake the bum delhomme and his 15 million dollar a year contract,and when jake was having a bad seasson you guys started saying that steve smith wasnt playing up to par,how could he there was know one who could throw to him,let him play with a quality Q.B and you will see the difference,go Giants & Jets

Posted by: edward woods | Mar 9, 2010 9:41:44 AM

This contract is structured for lock out protection. VERY SMART!

Posted by: Local | Mar 9, 2010 10:20:11 AM

@Lawrence - The Reason the Panthers signed Jake to the contract extension for 12+ Million last year was to save 2.5 milion on last yrs cap, due to Franchising Peppers. If you want to blame someone blame Peppers for waiting to sign the tender until after the draft, so the Panthers had no chance to see if they could trade him for Draft picks.

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Mar 9, 2010 10:27:07 AM

@ aquila6 - You say that they are purging all of their old broken down over 30+ players, that are over paid, with young guys, that are prepared to replace them. With more speed, better skills, and for less pay..

Oh Wait, that is not what you said, instead you are whining about them keeping players that are old.

This is football, this is professional sports, there is always change. The fans screamed last year when the Panthers did nothing and kept 21 of 22 starters from the previous NFC South Championship team, now you complain when they get rid of some old broken down expensive players...

make up your minds..!!!

This is a good thing..

Posted by: CatsNmbr1Fan | Mar 9, 2010 10:36:51 AM

Peppers is from UNC Tarheels and is one of the most feared defenders in the NFL. He will make the Football Hall of Fame and he will continue to dominate with the Bears. Too bad he is no longer with Carolina. He will be missed. Peppers did the right thing by going after the best offer. We all do the same. Best wishes, Mr. Peppers!

Posted by: Willie Baker | Mar 9, 2010 10:43:43 AM

Fairweather fans at best. Peppers played his ass off and did a great job for the Panthers.Everyone has their ups and downs, and when he wasn't performing to his expectations he did not make excuses. JP is a standup guy who deserves the best deal out there. Good luck to you Brotherman...

Posted by: Scott | Mar 9, 2010 10:53:28 AM

"Fairweather fans at best. Peppers played his ass off and did a great job for the Panthers.Everyone has their ups and downs, and when he wasn't performing to his expectations he did not make excuses. JP is a standup guy who deserves the best deal out there. Good luck to you Brotherman..."

WOW! Are you kidding me? The one thing that can't be argued about Peppers is that he did not play his ass off. He has immense talent but is not a max effort player. That's just a foolish statement you made.

Posted by: Mike | Mar 9, 2010 10:59:07 AM

CatsNmbr1Fan, you obviously don't understand my comment. My comment was that Jerry Richardson has obviously resigned himself to the fact that there is going to be a lockout in 2011, and he is preparing for it by gutting the team (and making it unlikely that they will be any good) now.

BTW, are our ticket prices going to go down in the fact of all of his cost-cutting with respect to players' salaries? Answer: Not on your nellie.

Stop being such a homer, if you can.

Posted by: aquila6 | Mar 9, 2010 11:14:35 AM

It's not so clear cut. Purging the team of veterans has it's pros and cons like any other moves. Obviously, one pro is lockout protection. But we now have a chance to see what our new and improved all youth team is. Besides peppers we didn't lose anybody that was really that good. We sti have a draft coming up after all. Another thing fans continue to forget is that we have big time contracts comig for Davis beason Williams kahlil.. How could we resign them before? Next year if there is a cap we will have such a low payroll we may not even meet the salary FLOOR!

It will be tough next year but we still have a good 8-10 probowl calibur players with many up and comers finally getting a shot. (I.e brown and Connor ect. )

Posted by: Gamble20 | Mar 9, 2010 11:31:29 AM

They'll dump him as soon as the lockout starts if there is one.

Posted by: Zon | Mar 9, 2010 11:47:20 AM

Hey, they just might bring Hoover back before OTA's.

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 9, 2010 12:01:07 PM

hey edward woods,
why dont you go walk into oncoming traffic!!! who the hell are you to call people on here racist dogs? i have never seen a racist comment on here about this story. oh,by the way, far more people on here vilified jake delhomme(a white guy) than julius peppers!!!! YOU DONT JACK S*** SO SHUT YOUR DAMN MOUTH. you need to look in the mirror before throwing the race threat! I just hate ignorant a holes like you! I dont know one person on earth that blamed steve smith for jake delhommes piss poor performance last year.

Posted by: jeff | Mar 9, 2010 12:02:53 PM

Interesting. I wonder if this was slipped into the contract b/c of an inexperienced agent.

This is NOT a good deal for Pep. NFL players want that security (hence the hate of the franchise tag) and if he does not show consistent effort next season, then the Bears can cut him on the cheap. Wow.

Posted by: Will Parker | Mar 9, 2010 12:05:01 PM

@Local- Blaming JP doesn’t answer the question as to why the Panthers would guarantee Jake's multi-million dollar contract even after he had proven himself to be unreliable at his position.

Releasing him, while still paying him, and without utilizing his services, does not save the team those several million dollars which is much needed to upgrade the team.

Why did Jake Dehlomme warrant such a generous contract while his performance on the field hadn't met expectations? If he deserved such a contract, then why was he released by the Panthers?

Posted by: Lawrence | Mar 9, 2010 12:20:40 PM

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