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Did Julius Peppers earn his paycheck in Week Nine?

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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 left Sunday's game with a little more than a minute remaining after taking a hard hit while trying to tackle Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick. However, Peppers did enough damage in the 59 other minutes, making contributions worthy of his mega-deal.

He had a team-high four hits on Fitzpatrick and was consistently disruptive around the line of scrimmage against the run and the pass. He added four tackles, including one for loss.

It was a bit surprising that he didn't have a sack or two against the Bills, but it didn't prevent him from having a major impact on the outcome — a 22-19 Bears win.

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