The Chicago Bears made a difficult decision on Tuesday of this week, when they released Defensive End, Julius Peppers. The move makes sense, because Peppers was set to make around $30 million during the next two seasons. By terminating his contract, they were able to sign six new players this week.
“We appreciate Julius’ contributions to the Bears over the last four years, General Manager, Phil Emery said in a statement. “He was a leader on our defense, starting every game since coming to Chicago. His accomplishments over his NFL career place him among the best defensive ends over the past 20 years. The Chicagoland community has benefited greatly from quiet generosity. We wish him the best.”
Peppers signed a six-year contract with the team in 2010 for $84 million, and he changed his contract two different times, so the team could have more salary cap space. Before coming to the Bears, he played for the Carolina Panthers for eight seasons. He had 38 sacks as a Bear, however last season he had his lowest since coming to the windy city and that was 7.5.
His sack total though, did not stop the Green Bay Packers from signing him today, they agreed on a three-year deal with him for around $30 million. He might be playing a different position for the Packers though. The move may not sit well with Bears fans, since the Packers are their biggest rival.