The Chicago Bears have terminated the contract of defensive end Julius Peppers after signing Lamarr Houston.
The most highly sought after free agent of four years ago, Peppers once again finds himself in the midst of the free agency wasteland after being discarded by the Chicago Bears.
Chicago's reason for releasing the demonstrative defensive end is two-part, the recent acquisition of fellow pass-rusher Lamarr Houston and the huge chunk of money that they will now save on the salary cap without Peppers' contract.
Peppers racked up 37 1/2 sacks in his four seasons in 'The Windy City' and now boasts 118 1/2 sacks in his career.
Bears GM Phil Emery released a statement thanking Peppers for his contribution to the organisation, he began with: "We appreciate Julius' contributions to the Bears over the last four years."
He continued by saying: "He was a leader on our defense starting every game since coming to Chicago. His accomplishments over his NFL career place him among the best defensive ends over the past 20 years. The Chicagoland community has benefited greatly from his quiet generosity. We wish him the best."
Peppers joins Jared Allen and Demarcus Ware as slightly ageing defensive stars who find themselves currently in the free agent market.
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