Julius Peppers was in town to sign his contract with the Green Bay Packers on (we presume) Saturday morning. While he was there, he took a stroll around Lambeau Field.
You know, wanted to see what it felt like to call someplace home where someone has actually won a championship in the past 20-odd years.
Plenty of tweets about Peppers today, as you might expect, as well. We could care less to sift through all of them, but we gather most Packers fans were like, “Hooray!” And Bears fans were all like, “Oh, he’s washed up, you can have him!”
Bears fans can afford to be so callus because their team signed NFL superstar M.D. Jennings to play safety earlier this week. And that virtually guarantees the Bears are going to the Super Bowl. In fact, we hear the NFL has already started printing Bears NFC champions gear.
It was bound to be 1985 again one of these years and this year most certainly is it.
Oh, and here’s one Peppers tweet that did catch our eye.
Julius Peppers will count twice as much against Chicago's salary cap in 2014 as he will against Green Bay's salary cap.
— Michael Rodney (@PackersNotes) March 15, 2014
Hahahahaha… the Chicago Bears… hahahahahaha!
Now he can go helmet the helmet with Jay instead of Rodgers.
He knows he won’t win a ring as a Bear or ViQueen so he wanted a real shot at the Superbowl. Welcome to Green Bay
Awesome Salary cap news too from Michael Rodney!
How does he count against the Bears salary cap this year?
$8.4 Million in dead money
So the old contract was structured so that even if they cut him, they still owe him?
I think the Bears are snake bit. They gave up too many draft picks to get Cutler (which the Bears then wasted). Then they fired Lovey Smith, who I think was a pretty good coach all things considered. Cutler gets hurt and Josh McCown redeems himself admirably, playing better than Cutler. Instead of going with the hot hand, they overpay Cutler who is not that great. Now they cut Peppers but still take the hit on their cap which must be hell with that Cutler deal. Too bad, so sad.
Yeah, Wolf, that’s what happens when you guarantee $42 million.
Divide that by 5. There you go. Pretty simple.
I understand that he gets the guaranteed money, I just was not under the impression it also counts against the cap. …
What the hell, if you paid him why not keep him. Makes no damn sense to me.
Typically signing and roster bonuses are guaranteed money paid up front, but evenly spread over the life of the contract to minimize cap hits. But, whether you play him, cut him, change your mind, injury, whatever, you’re not only out the cash, but that dead money re-animates every year to wave hello for the life of the contract.
And that is how you kill a roster.
The Bears get to spread it out over 2 years I believe though. But no matter what, the Bears have 8.4 million in dead cap money for Peppers. Not to mention paying $20 million for a a QB that hasn’t won anything. Bears starting to act a little like the Lions. I love it!
So the dude’s making $22M thus year? DAAaayum.
Nevermind, was thinking he got $7.5M this year alone from the Pack, instead if guaranteed total over the life of the contract; I can do maths I swears it!
Still, $12M thus year alone, not too shabby.
Ah, no, Peppers got all that money from the Bears in 2010, and I’m sure it is all long spent by now.
The only money he’ll be making this season is from the Packers.
So it wasn’t a signing bonus then? What the hell, they gave him $8M in roster bonus? That’s brilliant.
Let’s see – TT lets EDS and MDJ go, and signs a 34 year old with a bad foot and his best days behind him. Genius!!!!
Reggie White’s best days were behind him as well.
MD Jennings should be playing in the Arena League, and EDS in his prime isn’t as good as Peppers in his final year.
There is literally ALWAYS somebody…
Sure can’t hurt the pass rush any. Still wonder if a safety like Ward or Mitchell and one of the $3 million DL’s wasn’t the way to go cap wise. Still like this signing better than Raji. Time will tell on JP. One thing’s for sure, he shows up every Sunday….all 64 for the Bears
When the 2014/2015 season is over, we’ll see which armchair GM is correct so we can hand him/her a cookie.
“NFL superstar M.D. Jennings”
Ha. Thanks for the laugh.
I half expected a picture of him holding a beer with a title like “drank in Lambeau Field”