Aug 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) watches the game against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bears' defensive end Julius Peppers salary will hit the team hard in 2014

When the Chicago Bears picked up Julius Peppers three years ago, I was pretty pumped up as a Bears fan.

The Freak of Nature has made an impact for this defense ever since joining back in 2010, but is off to a slow start this season with only one tackle through two games. This Sunday he’s going to need a big game, but isn’t worried about how he’s started the season.

Next season Peppers’ salary will hit the Chicago Bears cap pretty hard, as he will carry $18.183 into the 2014 season. Now after this season, the Bears can restructure his contract and possibly help spread that money elsewhere on the team as Charles Tillman, Jay Cutler and Devin Hester are entering the final year of their current contracts.

In his four seasons with the Bears, Peppers has a total of 131 tackles, 30.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions. He’s obviously been a big piece of this defense but it looks like his age is starting to show a little bit.

Peppers should be able to pick up a couple tackles and maybe a sack against the struggling Pittsburgh Steelers offense. It’s not a desperate must to have a big game considering it’s only Week 3, but it would be nice to let people know that he hasn’t gone anywhere, it was just a rough start.

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