Everybody knows how tough of a business that the National Football League is. A couple players have gone as far as saying that the league was a bit shady when it comes to certain things.
Now when it comes to a players future with an organization, they’re not guaranteed to play out their entire contract in the same uniform. There comes a time when a front office will evaluate their rosters and see who can help contribute to the years ahead, no matter the players history in the league.
Julius Peppers is in fact one of the best defensive ends in the game. He may have not shown it last year, but the man has 119 career sacks with 562 combined tackles. When the Bears signed him, he immediately made their defensive front a whole lot better.
He gave them that pass rusher that they needed and it worked out for them over the first three years. Although his numbers from 2010 are almost identical than the numbers he put up this year. He’s reached 11 sacks two years in a row in between.
“I’m not going into get into contracts. He’s under contract. Julius had an 8-8 year like all of us, like I did, and that’s where he”s at.” Phil Emery said via ESPN Chicago.
Peppers restructured his contract back in September which lowered a couple numbers and he could be facing another restructured contract sooner or later. Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery has already made a handful of signings recently but could use a little bit more money to guarantee this team will have some solid defensive help going into 2014.
This would be the third restructured contract for the veteran defensive end.
A man who he needs to be talking too, is one whose $18 million will count to the teams cap for the year. When Phil Emery was asked about the future of Julius Peppers, he responded with:
“Obviously, Julius had a lot of good games like a lot of our players, and he had games that he would want back, and I think Julius would say that too. We will work through each and every player on our squad to determine where we’re going with him in the future, and that process is going to take time. But Julius is under contract. We’re proud that he’s a Bear, and that’s where we’re at.” Phil Emery on Julius Peppers future via ESPN Chicago.
So what do you think fellow Chicago Bears fans? What do you think the Bears should do with Peppers? Can him or keep him? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.