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Did Julius Peppers earn his paycheck in Week Five?

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Dan Parr
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By Dan Parr

Bears DE Julius Peppers became one of the league's highest-paid players in the offseason when he reportedly signed a six-year deal worth up to $91.5 million with $42 million guaranteed. Each week we will take a close look at his performance to see if he played up to the high standard that comes with such a lucrative deal.

For the third week in a row, I don't think there's much debate about the answer to the question at hand.

Julius Peppers fed off the boos from Panthers fans in his return to Charlotte on Sunday and turned in another impressive performance. He made four tackles and had one quarterback hit in Chicago's win. He didn't have any sacks, but he showed off his athleticism and concentration on a first-quarter interception of a QB Jimmy Clausen pass.

After fending off a chop block from Panthers ORT Geoff Schwartz, Peppers leaped and tipped Clausen's pass into the air. Peppers fell to his knees and dove under the ball in a crowd of players to catch it before it hit the ground for the pick.

The Bears converted the turnover into three points when PK Robbie Gould put the team ahead 17-3 on the ensuing drive.

Peppers is stuck on two sacks, but he has been the dominant presence the Bears thought they were getting when they signed him in the offseason.

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