Bears Signing of Julius Peppers Puts Pressure on Bulls to Sign Free Agents

March 6th, 2010 by TAB BAMFORD Leave a reply »
When the Chicago Bears signed DE Julius Peppers to a six-year, $91.5 million contract, they made a number of statements.

One, the Bears indicated to the rest of the NFL that with Peppers, Chester Taylor, and Brandon Manumaleuga, they're trying to win.

A franchise that had historically been referred to as "cheap" gave Peppers the highest total of guaranteed money in the history of the NFL ($42 million).

Two, the Bears showed their fans that, between Peppers and Jay Cutler, they want to sell jerseys. This is the second consecutive offseason that the Bears have made a significant move to improve their team in an overwhelming way.

The third statement the Bears made was subtle, but very direct. Bears' GM Jerry Angelo just made life hell for Bulls GM Gar Forman for the next six months.

Consider the professional sports landscape in Chicago for a moment.

The best thing going in the Windy City right now is the Blackhawks. This past summer, the Hawks spent big money to add a superstar in Marian Hossa, and then locked up their emerging young stars Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, and Patrick Kane with significant contract ...

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