I had to make this to read a full essay... I am just going to type a bunch of letters about some article. In a last-ditch effort before likely cutting ties, the Chicago Bears are seeing if there is any trade interest in Julius Peppers around the league.
The newest rumor comes from ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Bears calling around the league, seeing if they can find a trade partner for DE Julius Peppers, per sources. Trade unlikely...
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 10, 2014
Let's just get this out of the way first. Peppers is a generational talent and a potential future Hall of Famer. Throughout his 12-year career, he has tallied 119 sacks, 39 forced fumbles and 558 combined tackles—and the numbers still might not even do him justice. During his prime, the athletic specimen was one of the most dangerous players in the league, forcing teams to constantly game-plan around and away from him.
But he's not in his prime anymore.
In 16 games with the Bears last season, Peppers tallied just 7.5 sacks, his lowest mark since 2007. Moreover, Pro Football Focus graded him negatively, and as CSNNE.com's Michael Giardi pointed out, he got to the quarterback less than one time per game:
Julius Peppers got to the QB 13 times last year: 7 sacks, 6 QB hits. Added 27 hurries according to @PFF
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) March 10, 2014
Peppers can still play a valuable role as a pass-rusher, but it's hard to find a roster spot for the 12-year veteran when he has a base salary of $13.9 million and a cap hit of over $18 million in 2014, per Spotrac.com.
ESPN.com's Michael C. Wright speculated on the situation:
I'm just speculating on Peppers. But w/an $18.183M cap figure, teams aren't in a hurry to jump on that. Trade talk usually leads 2 cutting.
— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) March 10, 2014
CBS Chicago's Adam Hoge put it bluntly:
I’d say the chances of the #Bears successfully trading Julius Peppers is 0.000000001 percent.