Bears Sign Top Free Agent Peppers


The Bears got them some hot Peppers on Friday.  No, not Marconi’s hot peppers, but maybe there’s a new spokesman for Chicago’s best giardiniera in the newest Bear, Julius Peppers.

Then again, Peppers doesn’t need the money after inking a 6-year, $92.5 million dollar deal with $42 million guaranteed.  Not a bad little Friday for the prize of the 2010 Free Agent Class.  Here’s what ESPN’s John Clayton said about Peppers’ motivation to come to the Bears: 

The Peppers signing caps off a day of free-spending the likes of which the Chicago Bears have never known.  The Bears also signed running back Chester Taylor and tight end Brandon Manumaleuna.  (Hey, I finally figured out how to spell his name without double checking it in his bio!)

I need to let the signings settle in a bit before I know what to make of them as a whole, but I’ll say this – I never, ever would have expected this.  Today’s events at Halas Hall make the Jay Cutler trade seem trivial.

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  • pchav

    As a long time Bear Fan I’m absolutely in shock. It’s unheard of to sign one or two free agent’s during the offseason but three in one day that’s very unbearlike. This is a Great Day in Chi Town!
    BearDown my friends!!

  • http://www.rantsports.com Grant

    I’m not sure I’m completely thrilled with these signings. I love the names, but I feel there where some bigger needs the Bears could have looked to. I feel like it was more of a cover up in case the Bears have another bad season, they could just say ‘Well we tried, look at all the money we spent.’

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bears-fire-lovie-smith/2010/03/big-names-in-bears-free-agent-history.html Mike

    Great comments guys. Say what you will, but this is unprecedented.

    I agree that the Bears could have made a run at a safety or a wide receiver, but the Peppers signing alone makes today a great day. His sack numbers are through the roof compared to any Bears in the same span.

    Before we start making Super Bowl plans, check out my post showing some other notable big names in Bears Free Agent history. Click the link to FIRE LOVIE SMITH.

  • City

    Hey Boomer:

    What do you think about this in terms of whether the McCaskey’s really reached deep or not. I think they didn’t, like it’s a smoke screen. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they got these three guys. Peppers is a big lift to the D, and weren’t you saying just a week or so ago that Chester was probably the right RB to get?). Anyway, what I’m saying is the Bears saved themselves $10M a year by not firing Lovie, they don’t have to pay out any signing bonuses to any 1st or 2nd round drafts, and they’ve been under the salary cap the last couple years. Seems to me like they’ve broken even. But, my question for you is: is there anybody left that you think they should be going after?

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