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.”