Julius Peppers is due more than $18 million from the Chicago Bears next season and, considering his age (34) and declining production, it appears he's no longer in the team's future plans. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the Bears are trying to trade Peppers.
Schefter's Tweet: "Bears calling around the league, seeing if they can find a trade partner for DE Julius Peppers, per sources. Trade unlikely."
Few teams in the league will be willing to eat Peppers' egregious salary, so it's very likely the Bears will cut him by tomorrow, when free agency begins. Peppers played four seasons in Chicago after signing with the team as a free agent in 2010. He accumulated 37.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles while with the Bears, leading the team in sacks each season. His 7.0 sacks were his fewest since 2007 and the second fewest of his career.
Jeremy Stoltz is Publisher of BearReport.com and a member of the Pro Football Writers of America. He is entering his fourth season covering the Chicago Bears full time. Follow Bear Report on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Bear Report Web site or magazine, click here.