The Chicago Bears have a handful of players who seem unsure of their pending status with the team, including both Julius Peppers and Devin Hester.
Peppers, who is under contract for the 2014 season will be due over $18 million dollars – a number Chicago certainly can’t afford to have on their cap. Undoubtedly, the high priced Peppers will have a move coming in his near future – he just doesn’t know what it is:
“I’m not sure, I don’t know [what’s going to happen],” Peppers said. “I’m in a contract. You’ll need to talk to a decision-maker about that.”
Peppers isn’t the same player he once was, so the Bears will either opt to outright release him or attempt to bring him back at a much smaller contract. Whether or not Peppers wants to take such a reduced contract remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, potential Hall of Fame returner Devin Hester shares a similar sentiment to Peppers, not sure of his future with the Bears. Unlike Peppers, Hester is a free agent and given the Bears’ iffy cap situation, he’s not sure if he’ll be back next year:
“To be honest, I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Hester said. “It really hurts walking off the field knowing that this could be my last time wearing a Chicago Bears uniform. It’s the most hurtful feeling that I have right now. This is where I was born and raised (as an NFL player). It’s not like I played three years somewhere else or six years somewhere else, but I know this is a business.”