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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Saturday, March 6, 2010

Peppers gets $91.5M contract from Bears

 •  Ravens acquire receiver Boldin from Cardinals

Associated Press

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Julius Peppers

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The free agent signing period had just begun when Julius Peppers' agent called to tell him Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith was in town. Soon, Peppers was meeting him at an executive airport in Charlotte, N.C.

Peppers, a five-time Pro Bowl defensive end, agreed yesterday to a six-year deal worth potentially $91.5 million.

Agent Carl Carey said a record $42 million is guaranteed, with Peppers earning $20 million in the first year.

"It's one thing to play football in this league and make a living, but it's a totally different thing to come to a place with a rich tradition like the Bears," Peppers said.

Besides Peppers, the Bears lured running back Chester Taylor from Minnesota with a four-year contract and blocking tight end Brandon Manumaleuna from San Diego with a five-year deal.