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Julius Peppers | Linebacker

Team: Green Bay Packers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 1/18/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'7' / 287
College: North Carolina
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The Packers aren't expected to ask LB Julius Peppers to take a pay cut.
He's due back at his full $9.5 million salary, a figure that includes an $8.5 million base, a $500,000 workout bonus and another $500,000 in per game roster bonuses. Add in the rest of his prorated signing bonus and Peppers will count $12 million against the cap, a steep number for a 35-year-old player who produced 33 hurries on 920 snaps in 2014. At least the Packers were able to clear some cap room by cutting ties with A.J. Hawk. Feb 26 - 8:44 AM

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Packers coach Mike McCarthy "definitely believes" Julius Peppers will be back in 2015, and "doesn't understand" why people would question so.

Peppers is due $9.5 million between salary and bonuses, but had a successful first season in Green Bay, generating consistent pressure even though he had only seven sacks to show for it. Going by McCarthy's words, a pay cut is out of the question. Perhaps a restructure will be in order.
Feb 19 - 3:07 PM

Packers DC Dom Capers confirms Julius Peppers will "play at a number of different spots."

"We have all the defenses you can have," Capers said. That's not necessarily a good thing. With Clay Matthews (thumb) and Nick Perry (undisclosed) both sidelined, Peppers spent Thursday's OTAs session at outside linebacker. The Pack are planning to utilize Peppers as an "elephant" rusher. That likely means he'll line up at end in Green Bay's base defense, rush from the interior in sub-packages and mix in snaps at outside linebacker.
Thu, May 29, 2014 06:29:00 PM

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel suggests Julius Peppers' "elephant" role will consist of lining up at end in Green Bay's base defense, rushing from the interior in sub-packages, and mixing in snaps at outside linebacker.

We've slotted Peppers at end on our depth charts because we think he'll play there the most. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry still figure to be the primary outside linebackers, with Peppers and Datone Jones at end, and B.J. Raji at nose tackle. Mike Neal, Mike Daniels, and Jerel Worthy will be the top front-seven reserves. Talent can no longer be coordinator Dom Capers' excuse on defense.
Wed, Mar 26, 2014 07:13:00 AM

Packers signed Julius Peppers, formerly of the Bears, to a three-year, $30 million deal.

The deal includes $7.5 million guaranteed. Three years is a long commitment for a 34-year-old, but there is likely little, if any, guaranteed money past 2014. Peppers still has some juice left in the tank and could flourish in a situational pass-rushing role in Green Bay. The eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro has 119 career sacks and 40 forced fumbles in his career.
Sat, Mar 15, 2014 09:21:00 AM

"Multiple sources" tell ESPN Dallas the Cowboys have interest in free agent Julius Peppers.

It's the first we've heard of Peppers since his Tuesday release. Reporter Todd Archer's report has no mention of a potential visit. Peppers would be reuniting with former Bears DC Rod Marinelli in Dallas, whom he played for from 2010-12 in Chicago. The fact that the Cowboys are interested means they believe Peppers could be signed for (far) less than the three-year, $30 million deal DeMarcus Ware landed in Denver. Peppers certainly isn't going to match Ware, but he's not going to be a bargain, either.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Fri, Mar 14, 2014 01:45:00 PM

Bears released RE Julius Peppers.

Chicago was shopping Peppers but predictably found no takers for the 34-year-old and his loaded 2014 salary. The move saves the Bears $14 million in cash and over $8 million against the cap. Peppers is still a productive player but isn't worth nearly that kind of coin. The eight-time Pro Bowler and three-time All-Pro has 119 career sacks and 40 forced fumbles. He should garner some interest.
Tue, Mar 11, 2014 07:16:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bears are shopping RE Julius Peppers for trade.

It's the likely certain precursor to Peppers' release. Peppers' 2014 salary cap number is nearly $20 million, and Chicago needs that space to be active in free agency as well as sign its rookie class. At this point, GM Phil Emery would probably accept a late seventh-round pick for Peppers, although he won't even get that. Expect Peppers to be dumped by Tuesday afternoon.
Mon, Mar 10, 2014 05:29:00 PM

Speaking Thursday at the Combine, Bears GM Phil Emery was evasive when asked about Julius Peppers' future with the team.

"I will say that Julius is part of our football team," Emery said. "He is under contract. We’re all coming off an 8-8 season. We have a lot to improve upon and that is where our heads are at." Now 34 and coming off a down season, Peppers is set to count a monumental $18.183 million against the cap in 2014. Ticketed for a $9.9 million base salary after restructuring his contract last September, Peppers will have to be open to sizable pay cut to remain in the Windy City.
Thu, Feb 20, 2014 02:25:00 PM

NFL writer Dan Pompei agrees that RE Julius Peppers will need to take a pay cut to return to the Bears.

Peppers is scheduled to earn over $18 million in 2014 and will likely have to cut that in half at the very least. If Peppers is unwilling to reduce his salary, then the Bears are going to be left with no choice but to cut him. Chicago has holes to fill on defense and can't have Peppers eating up over 14 percent of the cap space. Peppers just turned 34 last month.
Tue, Feb 4, 2014 12:52:00 PM

ESPN Chicago believes there's "simply no way" RE Julius Peppers can return to the Bears in 2014 at his existing salary.

We agree. Peppers, 34, is scheduled to earn a $13.9 million base salary and count $18.183 million against the cap. A contract extension would make little sense, so Peppers will likely have to take a drastic pay cut or be outright released. Peppers could re-sign on a much cheaper deal, but the Bears would be smart to get younger on defense. Peppers admitted he's in his decline phase.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 09:22:00 AM

Bears GM Phil Emery declined to commit to RE Julius Peppers for the 2014 season.

"I’m not going to get into contracts," Emery said. "He’s under contract. Julius had an 8-8 year like all of us, like I did, and that’s where he’s at." Peppers has two years left on a six-year, $84 million deal and counts a whopping $18.183 million against the cap. The soon-to-be 33-year-old admitted during the season that he's in his decline phase. Peppers led the Bears with 7.5 sacks, but wasn't near the dominant player we grew accustomed to seeing.
Fri, Jan 3, 2014 09:27:00 AM

Bears RE Julius Peppers admits he's entered his decline phase.

Peppers is still capable of affecting games intermittently, but can no longer dominate for long stretches. He has just four sacks through ten starts. "You reach a point where your body won't always do what your mind tells it to," said Peppers, who turns 34 in two months. "Sometimes you get up and come to practice and the body just isn't going to do it that day." Pro Football Focus has graded Peppers negatively in both run and pass defense.
Sun, Nov 24, 2013 01:00:00 PM

Julius Peppers has just one sack all season.

Peppers accepted a restructured salary ahead of this season, but is still making $9.9 million in base pay. He's graded out as ProFootballFocus' No. 32 4-3 defensive end among 46 qualifiers so far. Owed $13.9 million with a $18.1 million cap hit in 2014, Peppers is likely in his last season with the Bears. He'll turn 34 years old in January.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 11:45:00 AM

Bears RE Julius Peppers carries an $18.183 million cap charge in 2014.

His salary is scheduled to be a non-guaranteed $13.9 million with a $100,000 workout bonus. It's notable because Peppers has one tackle through Chicago's first two games, and Pro Football Focus has given him negative grades for pass rushing in each week. It's possible Peppers is showing his age at 33 1/2.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 02:35:00 PM

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