Bears defensive end Julius Peppers is coming off his least productive season in Chicago and has a cap number of $18.2 million next season.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports says the Bears should cut Peppers and wide receiver Earl Bennett.
“GM Phil Emery wasn’t the one who vastly overspent for Peppers (that was since-fired GM Jerry Angelo), so I don’t believe for a second he will play the sporadic performer $14M (counting $18.2M against the cap),” writes La Canfora. “In fact, Emery would be a fool to do so with all of Bears’ other needs on defense. Save his $14M in cap space — which they need with Jay Cutler counting a ridiculous $22.5M against the cap — and let Peppers go. Cutting WR Earl Bennett saves another $2.45M, key for a team only $7M under the cap and likely lose significant free agents.”
The 34-year-old Peppers had 31 total tackles, 7.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception last season.