Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/7/13
Julius Peppers has been MIA this year, and I don’t mean Miami. Peppers has been so ineffective and non-existent in the Chicago Bears defense that even the homers who masquerade as journalists on the local Fox affiliate called him out last night. Yes, it’s been that bad for Julius Peppers this season. Fox obviously has broadcasting deals with the Bears: the game rights most of the time, the Sunday night show hosting the Bears radio guys, and then even a program, “Inside the Bears” that is produced and manufactured by the Bears organization itself. Therefore, if you hear Bears negativity on that station, you know it really means something. Because their broadcasters are homers 90% of the time. However, there’s no sugarcoating Julius Peppers, who’s obviously not healthy. Of course, all NFL and college football coaches lie about injuries, so we don’t really know. On all levels of football, the teams never tell you anything about player injuries. And the Bears are a more secretive and restrictive organization than most, so good luck getting the details on the health of Julius Peppers out. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Yetserday, JP didn’t even register in the stat sheet. Yes, New Orleans has a very good offensive line, but that is just unacceptable. Peppers is the best player on this defense. Or at least his reputation says he is. Julius Peppers has the track record of being the Bears best defender. However, where is he in 2013? He’s not making an impact at all. In five games, Peppers has one sack and eight total tackles. Stephen Paea, who plays next to him, has played in one fewer game than Peppers, and he has almost twice as many tackles. With Henry Melton out for the year, and Shea McClellin looking like a TREMENDOUS BUST, the Bears desperately need Julius Peppers to get healthy and contribute. The ROI here is just awful. The investment is no longer paying off for Chicago. The Bears converted $3 million of Julius Peppers base salary ($12.9 million) into a signing bonus ($3 million), which reduces his base salary for 2013 to $9.9 million. The move creates $2 million in salary-cap space for the Bears, and reduces the defensive end’s cap charge from $16.387 million this season to $14.387 million. And for that price, your projected return in 2013 is……three sacks and 24 tackles! Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. An analyst for 95.7 The Fan and 1620 The Zone, he also writes for Chicago Now. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks), Facebook, and RSS The post Has anybody seen Julius Peppers? Anyone? Bueller, Bueller? appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.
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