After 2 years, Peppers’ departure from Panthers to Bears looms large
On the first day of free agency in 2010, Lovie Smith and the Bears landed their No. 1 target: Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers.
The big-money move was a surprise for the Bears, who rarely had signed high-profile players from outside the organization. The Bears guaranteed $42 million to Peppers, who had the potential to earn more than $90 million through the length of his six-year deal.
“It felt right,” said Peppers, who had spent his first eight seasons with the Carolina Panthers.
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