Peppers set for $16M cap hit in 2013
One ESPN user wrote: Julius Peppers set for $16M cap hit in 2013
Although Phil Emery's primary focus in the coming weeks will be to find a new head coach, it's never too early to look at next year's player salary information and try to identify any potential cap casualties.
Of the Bears currently under contract, the highest base salary and projected cap number for 2013 belongs to defensive end Julius Peppers, who is set to earn $12.9 million (before bonuses) and count $16.383 million towards the cap.
Quarterback Jay Cutler eats up the second highest total of individual cap space at $10.370 million, and boasts the third highest base salary behind Peppers and wide receiver Brandon Marshall ($9.1 million). Veteran Charles Tillman will also be expensive next fall as he enters the final year of a contract that calls for a $7.95 million base salary and an $8 million cap number, but the cornerback is coming off two of his best seasons with back-to-back Pro Bowl selections.
While the 33-year-old Peppers has been a key component to the Bears' defense ever since he signed a monster six-year contract with $42 million in total guarantees in March, 2010, his cap number for next year is extremely high. It should be noted that Peppers already renegotiated his contract in February, 2011 to give the Bears cap relief in his second season in Chicago. After the deal got restructured, Peppers only counted $4.383 million against the salary cap in 2011, but that cap number rose to $12.183 million last year. The defensive end is scheduled to carry a cap number of $17.383 million in 2014 and $19.683 million in 2015.
Would Peppers agree to take a pay cut or restructure his deal a second time?
If Peppers is reluctant to the idea of another renegotiating, his camp could argue the eight-time Pro Bowler has lived up to his end of the bargain, while showing little drop off in production. Even though Peppers battled an ankle injury all of last season, he still started all 16 games and lead the team with 11.5 sacks -- Peppers highest sack total since 2008 (14.5). There is also the undeniable fact the Bears defense will be much better in 2013 with Peppers than without him.
Corey Wootton is likely destined to be in the starting lineup at one defensive end spot next fall after he took major strides last season with seven sacks, but Israel Idonije is no longer under contract and former first-round pick Shea McClellin, while showing promise his rookie year, does not appear ready to assume the role of a four-down defensive end.
And regardless of how the Bears look in 2013 under a possible new defensive coordinator, Peppers is the kind of athlete who can excel in any scheme.
But $16.383 million is an awful lot of money for one player to count towards the salary cap.
Emery has some tough decisions to make moving forward, and what to do with Peppers' contract figures to be high up there on the list.
You guys agree?
I place the odds at 50-50 that Peppers returns to the Bears in 2013. That cap hit is devastating and the Bears very likely got the best production that was left in Peppers' high mileage body. Chronic plantar facistis, 33 years old, the need to get younger on defense, the reality that 2013 is a transition year with a new coaching staff, the need to pay Henry Melton, the need for Phil Emery to spend money building on offensive line to protect Jay Cutler, etc. It all equals making a smart and objective decision on Peppers.
I don't agree he's done, but I also don't agree that he is worth 16M. That would kill us. Losing him wouldn't do us any favors either though...
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Cutting him only to save 6M.... can't see that happening. He comes back
I'm thinking they renegotiate. He knows we want him and he knows no one will give him 16M at this point in his career. I think (hope) they keep him and make it so we can afford him.
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My guess is that they will try to find a way to restructure. However I do think he's done in Chicago after 2013.
Why do you think that? He is still one of the top 2 productive players on the DL. I didn't see anything that to me would indicate an impending drop off. Money is another issue.
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I agree. Considering he was playing with plantar faciitis all year (hurts like a #^$#@$%!), I'd say Pep was still damn near dominant. Especially since he's doubled and held (rarely called) almost every play. Restructure his contract, extend it 1-2 years, and spread out the cap hit. Get it done...Pep still has gas in the tank IMO.
Originally Posted by bearsinhouston
I am going to wait and see what scheme we running on defense before making a judgement on peppers but if we won't need him in a change we can probably trade him for a 2 or 3 rounder. I'm thinking though we keep him cause we need a leader on defense if urlacher doesn't come back
Without Peppers, Henry Melton isn't in the Pro Bowl... he is still an athletic freak.
But his contract gets heavier and heavier in 2014 and 2015. We have already given Peppers like $25+ million in three separate "signing" bonuses so another contract negotiation of turning roster bonuses into a signing bonus isn't going to hurt this wallet.
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Originally Posted by MPBears68
I agree guys. Hopefully he will restructure. $1M a game is alot of cash but I think he's the most imortant defensive plyer we have.