Peppers and Cutler Among Fox Sports’ Most Overpaid


Julius Peppers hasn't even taken a snap with the Bears, yet he's among Fox Sports' Top 10 Most Overpaid Players.

Julius Peppers hasn’t even played a single down with the Chicago Bears, but he’s already ranked in the Fox Sports’ Top Ten… Most Overpaid Players.  That’s a bit rough, don’t you think?  Couldn’t Fox wait a season – like they did with Jay Cutler and his 26 INT’s – before adding him to this list?

Peppers ranked the #7 most overpaid player in Fox Sports’ estimation.  Here’s what Fox Sports’ John Czarnecki had to say:

Julius Peppers, Bears DE

Yes, “Pep” can really look dominating at times, but his value of $20 million this season is truly a product of the system. He played under the franchise tag last season and produced 10 ½ sacks and 35 quarterback pressures for the Panthers while finishing ninth overall in tackles. Is he a very good player? Yes. Is he better than Jared Allen or Kevin Williams or DeMarcus Ware? Hell, no.

Hell no?  I think the answer to that question is marginal at best and certainly not an emphatic “hell no”.

Jay Cutler doesn't have much room to complain after 26 INT's and a monster extension last season.

As for Cutler, he is the #3 ranked most overpaid and the top quarterback on the list.  Little did Fox know that Cutler was getting paid by the interception, so he was actually a bargain last year.  Here’s Fox’s blurb on Cutty:

Jay Cutler, Bears QB

It wasn’t a mistake trading Kyle Orton and draft picks to Denver for this QB, but it was ludicrous to give him a fat, new contract before he earned Chicago’s respect. Cutler is collecting $15 million a year, but he’s the third-best QB in the NFC North. Granted, he has all the physical tools to be a great one, but needs to control his crazy penchant to throw into traffic and unload under pressure. In 53 career starts, he has lost five more games than he has won.

At least they acknowledge that the trade wasn’t a mistake.  We spent the better part of last season deliberating that one.

The bottom line is that thanks to years of bad decisions and even worse drafts, Jerry Angelo and Lovie Smith are fighting for their professional lives.  Desperate times call for desperate measures.  In this case, that desperation comes with a hefty price tag.  Overpaid?  Maybe.  But if these guys deliver even close to their potential, the money will be well worth it.

BEAR DOWN!!!

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  • Jason

    fuck fox sports

    • Boomer

      Clear, concise and to the point. Good comment!

    • pchav

      and everyone who is doubting the Bears this year!!

      We have a lot to prove this year!!

  • http://msnbc boyd

    Peppers is better than any of the players you listed. Five pro bowls in eight years. Ask Jared Allen who is the best. He is honest and a great football player. My recollection is that he called Peppers the best D end in football. Ask the Vikings all Pro tackle who took himself out last year when Farve was taking a beating from Peppers. As for 10.5 sacks not bad for playing four games with a broken wrist, where he recorded no sacks, but played every game. The year before 14.5 sacks. He runs from one side of the field to the other to make tackles. Is he worth 20 mil, no, no defensive player is but he comes the closest. Freeney has been consistent and he and Jared Allen are just behind him. Mario Williams needs more cosistency. Ware has a couple of good years so lets not get carried away yet. Peppers is the best defensive end in football and will show it in Chicago this year while compiling 15 sacks. He will also draw double teams to help out teammates. He does not talk about himself like T.O. or others, just plays. Writers need to get off his damn back.

  • http://msnbc boyd

    the comment clear and concise and to the point is BS. This person has obviously not watched enough of Peppers to make a informed decision. I watched him for three years at UNC and every Sunday for the Panthers on FOX. A sophmore defensive end at UNC, Robert Quinn (rising junior) broke Peppers 40 time at 4.5 (Peppers was 4.55 at 6’7, 283) Quinn is 6’5, 270 and first team all acc along with Derrick morgan of GT (who was drafted 4th I think) Carolina produces great LB’s and Defensive lineman. Unfortunately not many good offensive players. This year will be no exception. Pro scouts list 7 sure fire 1st or 2nd round D players. The receiver Hakeem Nicks for the Giants had a great rookie year even with injuries. He lead the NFL preseason with 30yds per catch on 9 catches. He was avg almost 20 yds a game during the regular season until he got hurt. Still he caught 47 passes at 17 yds per catch and 6 TD’s. Back to Peppers, he had one bad season and that was three years ago with 2 sacks–no explanation from him or the Panther organization. The next two years 14.5 and 10.5 (with broken wrist). He had 1 TD interception against Zona. He also had a year in which he intercepted 3 passes with an avg of 70 yds per int (most of it on a 97 yd from the end zone). The same year against the Falcons he returned a fumble 60 yds for a TD, did not see Vicks 4.3 catch him. Watch someone before you belittle their game. If you are a Bears fan I think you will be greatly surprised concerning his abilities. Last thing he also brings a 37″ vertical.

  • http://www.dieselcarsale.info Sebastien Townsel

    the comment clear and concise and to the point is BS. This person has obviously not watched enough of Peppers to make a informed decision. I watched him for three years at UNC and every Sunday for the Panthers on FOX. A sophmore defensive end at UNC, Robert Quinn (rising junior) broke Peppers 40 time at 4.5 (Peppers was 4.55 at 6′7, 283) Quinn is 6′5, 270 and first team all acc along with Derrick morgan of GT (who was drafted 4th I think) Carolina produces great LB’s and Defensive lineman. Unfortunately not many good offensive players. This year will be no exception. Pro scouts list 7 sure fire 1st or 2nd round D players. The receiver Hakeem Nicks for the Giants had a great rookie year even with injuries. He lead the NFL preseason with 30yds per catch on 9 catches. He was avg almost 20 yds a game during the regular season until he got hurt. Still he caught 47 passes at 17 yds per catch and 6 TD’s. Back to Peppers, he had one bad season and that was three years ago with 2 sacks–no explanation from him or the Panther organization. The next two years 14.5 and 10.5 (with broken wrist). He had 1 TD interception against Zona. He also had a year in which he intercepted 3 passes with an avg of 70 yds per int (most of it on a 97 yd from the end zone). The same year against the Falcons he returned a fumble 60 yds for a TD, did not see Vicks 4.3 catch him. Watch someone before you belittle their game. If you are a Bears fan I think you will be greatly surprised concerning his abilities. Last thing he also brings a 37″ vertical.
    +1

  • Windy Cynic

    Boyd needs a life.

    Why should anyone get hung up on criticism… are we so invested in Peppers before he plays a single snap for us?

    I believe he is talented, but football requires 11 men executing a scheme. That is the part of our equation that I fear, not Julius.

    Mark Anderson is unfortunately the key to that success. I remember not so long ago when our team leader (Jones) was removed to make way for failed potential (Benson). Will the loss of Alex Brown make that analogy new again? Groundhog day, Lovie style.

    Please Bear Downers, take it easy and let it play out. The pundits only report the vision everyone has who hasn’t enjoyed Larry Mayers Kool aid. Good thing about football is that they still have to play the games and we’ll all hope for the best until about mid season. I’d settle for the offense showing continued spark.

    Then we’ll have real hope. The dusk of the Lovie/Jerry era will be our best case scenario long term and we may actually have some draft picks in the future.