NFL Rumors: Chicago Bears expected to cut Julius Peppers, Earl Bennett

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  1. The Benjamin

    The Benjamin George Halas Staff Member

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    By Josh Hill - Feb 17th, 2014 at 10:37 am

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    The Chicago Bears thought bringing in a new head coach and shifting the focus of the franchise to the offensive side of the ball would change the losing culture. While the season the Bears turned in wasn’t technically a losing season, they failed to make the postseason, even with an offense that looks primed to explode in 2014.

    Chicago shifting their attention to the offensive side of the ball means big defensive cuts are in store, something Jason La Canfora points out in his column this week. According to the CBS insider, the Bears are expected to cut Julius Peppers along with 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). 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.

    There’s no guarantee that the Bears will cut Peppers, but it makes a load of sense from a numbers standpoint. He’s not the defensive presence he once was with the Panthers and he’s vastly overpaid at the salary he’s receiving. Restructuring seems out of the question and an outright release may be what’s next for Peppers in Chicago.
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    I dont think we "vastly overspent" for Peppers, he did well up until this year, anchoring a dominate DL, getting Double teamed and opening up gaps for players like Melton to do well. Peppers simply had a bad year this year, perhaps he is past his prime.
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    Would love to see EBennett stay another year in Chicago. Like him or not, he's always been a reliable third receiver.
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    Reliable isn't the word I would use for e Bennett. Always injured and is prone to drops in key situations. We can find a cheaper option to fill his role if we don't already have it (Wilson)

    Pep should be cut IMO. He will be the first victim to the overpaid qb we now have and is not worth half the hit he will ensue. It will add de to the needs but maybe we get a solid FA for half the cash.
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    Wonder if Bennett would have any trade value. We could use a 7th round pick, the Patriots could use a experienced WR and Brady might make him pretty good. I hate to see him go also, always did the non glorious work on the field.
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    The Bears, up until this last year did not overspend for Peppers, he solidified that DL giving Lovie the qb pressure from the front four his team needs. If they were to keep him w/out another restructure THAT would be vastly overpaying for him.

    Bennett has no trade value BS, if he had a solid year where he produced a few big plays a game he MIGHT have, but the fact that he was rarely used really hurt any value he might have had.
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    DavidL Pro-Bowler SuperFan

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    Good moves if it happens. We need all the cap room we can get to rebuild the defense.
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    Injured a lot yes, but prone to key drops? He probably has the best hands in the NFL, and is a 3rd down machine. With our stable of up-and-comers, I think he is expendable, but bad handed he is not.
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    Seriously? Bennett has been injured a lot, I'll give you that. But when it comes to ball security he is THE best in the league.

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2012/07/02/three-years-of-drop-rate-wide-receivers/

    Drop Rate – The Best

    To the best, and up at the top there’s a name that won’t surprise many Bears fans but may surprise many others. Earl Bennett, with just four drops from 127 catchable balls, has the lowest drop percentage of just 3.15%. That wasn’t much better than the ever-excellent Larry Fitzgerald who continues to show remarkable consistency with his hands, dropping an average of three balls each season and just 3.27% of catchable balls. Behind him are less-heralded players like Kevin Walter and Lance Moore, while San Diego fans will be happy to see Malcom Floyd with the fifth-lowest drop percentage, and new signing Robert Meachem down in 11th.
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    Re: Bennett drops....Someone just got whipped with the truth stick...LOL!

    I hope the Bears and Bennett can come to some sort of re-structuring agreement to keep him in Chicago at least another year.
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    Hope Earl can restructure, because he had a decent year as the #3.

    If Wilson is expected to get more reps in 2014, then Earl will not be worth his current contract, but depth with experience is very valuable.

    I agree with most that Peppers was not Vastly overpaid until last year. Cutting him may be the best option, because a restructure is simply kicking the can further down the road. Plus, I am not sure he makes the team better, he really has hit that age wall.
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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOh well, what's next on the docket? Srsly though, if Lovie woulda played Bennett against Green Bay in the 2011 finale, we MIGHT have had a chance at winning that game.

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