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Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers - #90 - DE

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 7"/ 287 lbs.
Birthday 01/18/1980
Birthplace Wilson, NC
College North Carolina
Years played 12
Drafted 2002, 1st round, 2nd pick by Panthers

STATS, LLC 2012 STATS

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60-second rant: Five Bears under the microscope

Posted Jan. 11, 2011 @ 8:56 p.m. ET
Every coach and player finds that the spotlight burns brighter in the playoffs, but these five Bears are among those who will be monitored closer than others against the Seahawks.

Five questions with PFW publisher Hub Arkush

Posted Jan. 06, 2011 @ 3:56 p.m. ET
This week, Hub Arkush says RB Matt Forté surprised him more than any other Bears player in the regular season and he also shares his vote for Chicago's defensive MVP.

Bears MVP Meter: Week 17

Posted Jan. 03, 2011 @ 3:04 p.m. ET
Putting pressure on quarterbacks is considered the key to the Bears' defense, and DE Julius Peppers' performance this season earned him the top spot on the MVP Meter.

Bears-Packers matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Dec. 28, 2010 @ 11:35 p.m. ET
The Bears' defense could be in for another rough day if Julius Peppers and Israel Idonije aren't more disruptive than they were against the Jets in Week 16.

Four Bears named to Pro Bowl

Posted Dec. 28, 2010 @ 8:55 p.m. ET
WLB Lance Briggs, WR-RS Devin Hester, DE Julius Peppers and MLB Brian Urlacher will represent Chicago in the Pro Bowl.

Bears’ ‘D’ vulnerable when pass rush is neutralized

Posted Dec. 27, 2010 @ 5:45 p.m. ET
The Bears' ability to put consistent pressure on quarterbacks has been the key to the team's success on "D" for much of the season, but the Jets were able to keep QB Mark Sanchez out of harm's way.

Did Julius Peppers earn his paycheck in Week 16?

Posted Dec. 27, 2010 @ 2:10 p.m. ET
When a player is being paid as highly as Julius Peppers is, it's tough to make the case that he was worth the price on a day when he is credited with only one tackle.

Bears MVP Meter: Week 16

Posted Dec. 27, 2010 @ 1:32 p.m. ET
RB Matt Forté returns to the Meter this week after rushing for more than 100 yards against one of the league's toughest run defenses.

Insider: Moving Peppers to weak side brilliant

Posted Dec. 26, 2010 @ 7:34 p.m. ET
An NFL insider praises Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli and head coach Lovie Smith for moving DE Julius Peppers to the weak side and the positive effect it has had on the rest of the team's defense.

Jets-Bears matchup of the day: Tuesday

Posted Dec. 21, 2010 @ 7:48 p.m. ET
Jets ORT Wayne Hunter could find himself lined up across from one of the league's best pass rushers in his fourth career start.

Did Julius Peppers earn his paycheck in Week 15?

Posted Dec. 21, 2010 @ 5:57 p.m. ET
It wasn't one of his top performances of the season, but, like he's done virtually every week, Peppers made enough of a contribution to justify his salary against the Vikings.

Bears MVP Meter: Week 15

Posted Dec. 21, 2010 @ 5:48 p.m. ET
MLB Brian Urlacher trails only one of his teammates in the race for MVP.

Bears players of the week

Posted Dec. 21, 2010 @ 1:57 a.m. ET
Jay Cutler's three touchdowns and Devin Hester's punt return for a TD helped the Bears clinch the NFC North with a win over the Vikings.

Vikings-Bears matchup of the day: Saturday

Posted Dec. 18, 2010 @ 6:35 p.m. ET
Here's another key matchup to keep an eye on when the Vikings take on the Bears in Week 15: Bears DE Julius Peppers vs. the Vikings' offensive line.

Restoring the rush key for Bears’ defense

Posted Dec. 15, 2010 @ 6:35 p.m. ET
The Bears' secondary has received a large share of the blame for the breakdowns during the defense's horrendous first half against the Patriots in Week 14, but the pass rush wasn't as effective as it needed to be ...

STATS, LLC PLAYER NEWS

Posted Jan. 23, 2012
Peppers is going to the Pro Bowl. The Bears said Monday that Peppers had been added to the roster for Sunday's game in Hawaii, replacing Jason Pierre-Paul of the Super Bowl-bound New York Giants. It will be Peppers' seventh appearance in the all-star game.||||||| Peppers had 27 tackles, 11 sacks, five tackles for losses, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries this season. The 10-year NFL veteran has reached double-digit sacks in seven seasons. Five other Bears were named to the Pro Bowl: linebackers Lance Briggs and Brian Urlacher, running back Matt Forte and defensive backs Corey Graham and Charles Tillman.
Posted Oct. 14, 2011
Peppers is starting for the Chicago Bears against the Minnesota Vikings after being listed as doubtful because of a sprained left knee.||||||| Peppers was injured in Monday's loss at Detroit and did not practice all week.
Posted Oct. 12, 2011
The Chicago Bears hope to have Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers available this week against Minnesota after he mildly sprained his left knee. Peppers was injured in the first half of Monday's loss at Detroit and briefly left the game.||||||| Coach Lovie Smith says the knee was "still sore" Wednesday, but he will "hopefully" be able to practice Friday and play this week.
Posted March 03, 2011
The Chicago Bears have restructured Peppers' contract to create more salary-cap room for next season.||||||| Peppers signed a six-year deal worth potentially $91.5 million a year ago, was due a $10.5 million roster bonus for next season. Instead, the team exercised its right to convert that money into a signing bonus and prorate it over the remaining years of his contract, which runs through the 2015 season. That saves roughly $8 million in cap space for next season, giving the Bears more room to bring in free agents and retain their own.
Posted Oct. 07, 2010
Peppers has some steep competition Sunday in his return to Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 305-pound Jordan Gross is a 2008 Pro Bowl pick, anchoring an offensive line that last season allowed DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart to become the first teammates to each rush for over 1,100 yards.||||||| There will be few surprises when they meet on Sunday. Gross has seen all of Peppers' moves and Peppers knows Gross' strengths and weaknesses. "Me and Jordan, we helped each other grow as players a lot," Peppers said, "practicing against each other and having those training camp battles."

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