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Did Julius Peppers earn his paycheck in Week Seven?

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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.

Peppers' streak without making at least half a sack extended to three games on Sunday. He did have three tackles, a quarterback hit and drew a holding penalty, and was more of a factor than he was in the previous game. It wasn't enough, however.

He was asked after the Redskins game if he was frustrated with being stuck on just two sacks with almost half the season behind him.

"It's not really frustrating," he said. "I felt like the pass rush was, like I said, it was good. Sacks are overrated. At the end of the day people are going to look at that stat line and … that's what they're going to measure people by. Especially a defensive end, but it's overrated."

That's true, but the Bears paid him to be more productive than this.

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