Chicago Bears have always been known for their defense over the years, such as the unit that inspired the 1985 Super Bowl winning team.
But the 2014 Bears are set to have a completely different identity, with eight-time pro bowl defensive end Julius Peppers set to be cut in a cost cutting exercise.
Wide-receiver Earl Bennett could also be another player cut, as the Bears look to move around their cap structure.
Part of the reason Chicago is looking so intensely at the future is due to new general manager Phil Emery's desire to clean up the mess created by booted boss Jerry Angelo.
As CBS insider Jason La Canfora explained, "GM Phil Emery wasn’t the one who vastly overspent for Peppers (that was since-fired GM Jerry Angelo), so I don’t believe for a second he will play the sporadic performer $14M (counting $18.2M against the cap).
"In fact, Emery would be a fool to do so with all of Bears’ other needs on defense. Save his $14M in cap space — which they need with Jay Cutler counting a ridiculous $22.5M against the cap — and let Peppers go."