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56 Julius Peppers OLB
Height/Weight: 6-7/287 | Birthdate: 1/18/1980 | Birthplace: Wilson, NC, USA | Team: Green Bay | College: North Carolina | NFL Experience: 13 | Owned/Started%: 30/18 | Average Draft Position: 195.00
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Julius Peppers yearns to follow success of older stars


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Packers linebacker Julius Peppers will turn 35 before the Super Bowl, but has taken comfort in recent football history. Several premier players continued to rack up sacks at an advanced age.

Among them were Reggie White, who totaled 16 sacks at age 37 and Michael Strahan, who piled up 11 1/2 at 34. Bruce Smith, the all-time leading sacker in the NFL, continued to thrive into his late 30s.

"By no means am I comparing myself to those guys, but you do take a look at those lists," Peppers told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It's not impossible. It's not impossible to have great seasons at a more mature age. People have done it."

Peppers managed seven sacks last year, which matched a career-low. He has totaled double figures in eight of his 12 seasons.


Healthy scratches dominate inactive list for Packers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) The following players will not suit up for the Packers Thursday night against the Chiefs, per ESPN: Aaron Rodgers, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy, Sam Shields, Tramon Williams, Demetri Goodson, Morgan Burnett, A.J. Hawk, Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, Brad Jones, David Bakhtiari, T.J. Lang, Josh Sitton, JC Tretter, Bryan Bulaga, Mike Daniels, Brandon Bostick, Jordy Nelson and Datone Jones.

Scout: Julius Peppers 'just a freak of nature'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Packers defensive end Julius Peppers is 34, and he said asking about his age is a "fair question," reports the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. But a scout told the paper that age doesn't apply with Peppers.

"I was told by one of our personnel guys that used to be with Peppers that he is just a freak of nature," the scout said. "That his body type may be like he's five years younger. But we won't see that in the preseason."

Peppers played five snaps at end and five at outside linebacker in the preseason opener. He hopes to play a little more Saturday at St. Louis. Peppers intends to let the film show whether he can still make an impact.

"I’m not really going to get into too much discussing what I can and can’t do," he said. "I’m going to let the film speak for it."


Teammate: Julius Peppers 'a freak of nature'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels described his new teammate, 34-year-old Julius Peppers, as "a freak of nature."

“Charles Woodson played pretty well at 34," Daniels told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "Julius Peppers is by every means of the word a ‘freak of nature.’ I don’t think age is going to affect him too much. And he’s got some pretty good players lined up with him. Our front seven is very good. When you add the element of Julius Peppers to that. The sky’s the limit in my opinion.”

Peppers signed a three-year contract with the Packers and will rotate between the defensive line and linebacker.


Julius Peppers to play multiple positions for Packers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Free-agent signee Julius Peppers will line up at outside linebacker, defensive end and defensive tackle, Packers coach Mike McCarthy told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Report: Julius Peppers now a Packer


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Veteran defensive end and All-Pro Julius Peppers has not left the AFC North. He has moved from the Bears to the Packers on a three-year free agent contract, sources have told USA Today.

The team has yet to confirm the acquisition, but it is believed to include $7.5 million in incentives and max out at $30 million.

The 34-year-old Peppers, who began his NFL career in 2002, has remained effective. He registered 46 tackles and 7 1/2 sacks for Chicago in 2013.


Bears release Julius Peppers at start of free agency


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Bears tried shopping defensive end Julius Peppers in recent days, but his massive salary cap number proved to difficult to move. The team officially parted ways with the veterans and his $18.2 million cap hit Tuesday, just hours after the start of free agency.

The 34-year-old had just 7.5 sacks last season, but should have little trouble finding work, albeit at a big discount. 5.5 of his sacks came in the final seven games of the season. 


Bears shopping Julius Peppers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) The Bears are trying to trade defensive end Julius Peppers, but a deal is unlikely, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Peppers is scheduled to count $18.2 million against the cap in 2014 and seems headed for outright release.

Bears not saying much about Julius Peppers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2014) Asked if defensive end Julius Peppers had played his last game with the Bears, coach Marc Trestman replied: "Julius Peppers is under contract and he's been very important to our football team. I don't think anything more needs to be said."

Peppers is scheduled to count $18.2 million against the cap. The 34-year-old had just 7.5 sacks last season.

While the team might not release Peppers, it's clear Chicago cannot afford to retain him at his current salary.


Bears' offseason plan begins with Julius Peppers decision


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2014) The biggest decision facing the Bears is what to do with defensive end Julius Peppers, who carries a 2014 cap figure of $18.2 million, reports the Chicago Tribune. It's a decision that will affect Chicago's entire offseason plan.

At a minimum the team is expected to ask Peppers to take a big pay cut. Peppers has restructured his contract twice in recent years, but those were bookkeeping moves to create cap room, not pay cuts. If Peppers doesn't want to play for less money, he could ensure his release, the paper said.

The Bears would have one starting defensive lineman, nose tackle Stephen Paea, under contract if Peppers is cut.


Bears can't afford Julius Peppers at current salary


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2014) The Bears cannot afford to keep defensive end Julius Peppers at his existing salary, which would count $18.2 million against the 2014 salary cap, reports ESPN.com. The eight-time Pro Bowler led the team with 7.5 sacks, adding two forced fumbles and an interception, but just turned 34.

If the Bears release Peppers, they'd have to carry $4.2 million in dead money each of the next two seasons, the report added. However, such a move would "open up tons of space in 2014 the team could use to target other players and fill existing needs."


Unclear what Bears will do with Julius Peppers


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/3/2014) The Bears did not go into details about their plans for defensive end Julius Peppers Thursday.

It's been rumored that Peppers could either be cut, or will be asked to restructure his deal during the offseason. General manager Phil Emery would not comment on Peppers' contract, besides saying that Peppers is set to be a Bear next season. He did say that Peppers had an "eight-and-eight year like the rest of us." Peppers had 7.5 sacks in 16 games. He'll count as a little over $18 million against the cap next season.


Julius Peppers has one tackle


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/15/2013) Bears defensive end Julius Peppers had one tackle in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Browns. 

Peppers now has 40 tackles on the season, along with 6 1/2 sacks. 

The Bears play the Eagles in Week 16. 


Absolutely no reason to play Bears DST


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) Bears defensive end Julius Peppers has seven sacks, an interception and a forced fumble in seven career games against the Cowboys. That's about the only argument one could make for considering the Bears DST in Week 14.

The unit has totaled 11 Fantasy points the past two weeks, despite favorable matchups. Now Chicago gets a Dallas team giving up the fewest Fantasy points (5.0 per game) to opposing DSTs.

This Bears' defense reminds no one of the Monsters of the Midway. Chicago ranks 28th in points allowed (27.7) and total defense (386.0) and dead last in rush defense (153.6). Leave the Bears DST on the waiver wire.


Julius Peppers camping out in offensive backfield


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2013) Bears defensive end Julius Peppers racked up a season-best 2 1/2 sacks during a 23-20 overtime loss Week 13 at Minnesota. He finished with eight tackles (five solo), three quarterback hits and one pass defense.

After totaling no sacks in his first seven games, Peppers has 6 1/2 sacks in his last five games.


Julius Peppers has one tackle


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/24/2013) Bears defensive end Julius Peppers recorded one tackle in the team's 42-21 loss to the Rams. Peppers now has 30 tackles on the season. 

The Bears face the Vikings in Week 13. 


Julius Peppers makes ninth career interception


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) Bears defensive end Julius Peppers batted a Seneca Wallace pass up in the air and intercepted it in the first quarter of the Week 9 win in Green Bay. It was Peppers' first interception this season, ninth of his career. He leads all current defensive linemen in that category.

Peppers also notched his second sack this season, giving him 113 1/2 in his career. He finished with two tackles and two passes defended.


Bears DST pounces on Seneca Wallace


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/5/2013) The Bears DST took advantage of Aaron Rodgers' injury in the 27-20 win at Green Bay. Chicago registered five sacks, including four of Seneca Wallace, and defensive end Julius Peppers batted Wallace's pass to himself for an interception.

The Bears were terrible against the run, allowing 199 yards on 29 carries (6.9 yards per carry). But they stiffened on third-down passing situations, holding Green Bay to 1 of 9 conversions. 

The Bears DST faces a tougher test Week 10 against Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Reggie Bush and the Lions.


Bears D features three probables for Week 5


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2013) The Bears defense should be at close to full strength in Week 5 against the Saints, based on Friday's injury report. Defensive end Julius Peppers (chest) is joined on the injury report by linebacker D.J. Williams (illness) and defensive back Sherrick McManis (shoulder), all of whom are probable to play Sunday, after getting through the week in practice.

Julius Peppers scoops and scores vs. Steelers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1:24 am ET) Bears defensive lineman Julius Peppers found the end zone for just the third time in his career Sunday night against the Steelers in Week 3.

Peppers capped off a convincing victory with a 42-yard fumble return for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He registered one tackle in a 40-23 victory.

Julius Peppers feeling better


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Bears defensive end Julius Peppers, whose play was hampered by an illness Sunday, told the Bears Radio Network on Wednesday that he's feeling fine. Peppers made just one tackle in the win over Minnesota.

Illness affected Julius Peppers' performance Week 2


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2013) Bears defensive end Julius Peppers hasn't made much of an impact through the first two games, recording one tackle and playing 97 snaps. In Week 2 against the Vikings, however, coach Marc Trestman said an illness affected Peppers' play.

"He was not healthy yesterday," Trestman said, per The Chicago Tribune. "He was probably sicker yesterday than he was the two previous days. He wouldn’t say it. But in his defense, I don’t know that he had the energy to play as hard as he could possibly play.

"I thought he was involved. He ran some plays down. But overall, in his defense, I don’t think he was getting better at the time. ... And he didn’t look well this morning when I saw him in our meeting as well."


Julius Peppers a non-factor in defeat of Vikings


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) Bears defensive end Julius Peppers had a very quiet Sunday afternoon in a 31-30 victory over AFC North rival Minnesota. He managed just one tackle. That might be explained by that fact that an illness had him listed as probable for the game.

Julius Peppers ready to roll against Vikings


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2013) What was expected is now official. Bears defensive end Julius Peppers (illness) has been cleared for Sunday against Minnesota. He hopes to rebound from a season opener in which he played throughout but recorded no tackles.

Julius Pepper expected to play Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2013) Bears defensive end Julius Peppers was limited in practice Friday due to an illness, but is expected to play in Week 2 against the Vikings Sunday. He was held out of practice earlier in the week as a result of the injury, but is listed as probable heading into the game.