Chicago Bears’ Julius Peppers justifying salary
When Julius Peppers signed a contract with the Chicago Bears worth $91.5 million this offseason, some questioned whether the veteran defensive end would be worth the money. After three games and a 3-0 record, including an impressive victory against the much-hyped, arch-rival Green Bay Packers on Monday night, the early returns show that Peppers is well worth the money.
Peppers has been quiet on the stat sheet so far this year, amassing just three tackles, one sack and one forced fumble through three games, but numbers don't show the impact the former No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 draft has on the game.
In the recent 20-17 win over the Packers, Peppers drew a number of penalties on the opposition and used every bit of his 6-foot-7-inch frame to block a crucial third-quarter field goal to halt Green Bay's momentum.
"That was the biggest play of the game, right there," defensive tackle Anthony Adams told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We got a lot of momentum out of that."
Peppers, who is a member of the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team and has played in a Super Bowl, knows better than to get too excited about a 3-0 record.
"Now we are going to have the bull's-eye on our back so we have to get better," Peppers told the news source when asked how it felt to be undefeated. "All of that is fine and good during Week 3, but we have 13 more games to play. We have to keep our heads down and keep burning because things like this can be short-lived."
Next up for Julius Peppers and the Bears is a Sunday night game against the 1-2 New York Giants in the new Meadowlands. The Giants are coming off a disappointing home loss to Vince Young and the Tennessee Titans.