NFL: Bears land Peppers

Posted Mar 5, 2010 by Michael Bearak
Today was the first day of free agency and a number of teams wasted no time either dumping or signing players. The Chicago Bears might have made the biggest splash of the day with their signing.
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher
Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher
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The Chicago Bears it has been announced landed possibly the biggest free agent of the 2010 off-season in former Carolina Panther defensive end Julius Peppers.
Last season Peppers recorded 10.5 sacks with two interceptions and five forced fumbles last season. For his career he has 81 sacks, 30 forced fumbles and 310 solo tackles.
Peppers who just ended his 8th year in the NFL, all with Carolina, was tagged as the Panthers' franchise player last season, something the team did not wish to copy for the upcoming season.
ESPN's John Clayton is reporting the Bears and Peppers agreed to a six-year deal. The rumors are circulating that Peppers' contract may be worth as much as $40 million in just the first three seasons.
Last season it was the signing of Jay Cutler that was the big news for the Bears, and now it looks like Pepper will be a second year in a row of big deal signings. The Bears also agreed to terms with tight-end Brandon Manumaleuna, who played in St. Louis with new offensive coordinator Mike Martz.