Aug 29, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (90) watches the game against the Cleveland Browns during the fourth quarter at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chicago Bears Trying to Trade Julius Peppers

The writing appears to be on the wall for defensive end Julius Peppers.  You can probably count his remaining time with the team in hours rather than days or weeks.  With the free agency scramble set to begin at 3PM Central on Tuesday, the Bears are getting ready to part ways with the veteran defensive end.  But rather than just straight up cutting him, the Bears are trying to trade Peppers.  This from

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport confirmed Monday that the Bears are looking to move Peppers, according to a source informed of the team’s plans. If they can’t find a trading partner, Peppers will be released. Rapoport expects Peppers to be cut in time for Chicago to make a big move for a pass rusher on the free agent market.

I think it’s a loooong shot that anyone offers the Bears much of anything for Peppers in trade because they would then pick up his contract.  It’s possible a team might want to get a “fast pass” to the Julius Peppers experience and not risk a bidding war on the open market, but you have to believe that anyone trading for Peppers would want to restructure his deal or else pay him $13 million this coming season.

The Bears broke the bank on Peppers to start the 2010 free agency period and while the Bears made it to the NFC Championship that season, they haven’t done much since they acquired Peppers, who many believed would be the final piece of the puzzle for Lovie Smith’s defense.

If this is the end of his days in Chicago for Peppers, you’d have to say his stint in Chicago was a bust.  He had 38 sacks in four seasons with the Bears, who missed the playoffs in three of those four years.

What do you think?  Are you glad to see Peppers gone?  Who will replace him?

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  • Goodshepherd Americanbullies

    I think Peppers held up his end of the deal with us. Our defense was dominant with him starting for his 1st 3 years with us. I blame anemic offense for not making the playoffs more often during his time here. Age just caught up with him last year

  • Erik Lambert

    They’ll have to cut him. He’s too old and too expensive unless the Raiders, Browns or Jags are willing to eat that cap number for a year. June 1st designation should free up $14 million and give Emery loads of flexibility to remake the defensive roster.

  • Quinn

    I wouldn’t say he was a bust as he was a difference maker on defense save for last year. Not making the playoffs was not on him the first couple years but rather an anemic offense.