Here are a couple of things that I like about Peppers and the Bears signing him. They come from a Sun-Times piece today
1. Last year, the Panthers were 6-3 when Peppers had a sack and 2-5 when he didn't.
2. Peppers is more than just a sack guy. He had 10 tackles for loss, 18 QB hits, 5 pass breakups, 2 interceptions, and one fumble recovery last year.
3. Rod Marinelli is a motivational guy who is a D-line coach and the new D-coordinator. I'm sure he will maximize Peppers.
4. At 30 you have to wonder about mileage, but guys like Jason Taylor, Michael Strahan, Simeon Rice, Richard Dent (who should be in the Hall of Fame), and Reggie White all had 2, 3, or 4 years of double digit sacks after 30. Peppers seems to be in that category of player.
5. Peppers is fairly private and in Chicago he won't be the only "game in town" as he is in Charlotte. In Charlotte, there is nothing else to write about. In Chicago, there are the Cubs, Blackhawks, Sox, Bulls, cultural events, etc. Then you have Bears players like Briggs, Urlacher, and Cutler who take up a lot of press. Obviously his contract will draw scrutiny, but he can still be more private in Chicago. This is what he wants.
The contract was lucrative and may come back to hurt the Bears, but in an uncapped year, they are pushing half of the guaranteed money out next year. If he was a complete bust, the cap was reinstated similar to what it is now, and the Bears had to eat $20 million they could do it without major financial hardship as related to the cap (it would be a very expensive mistake from a money standpoint, but not from the personnel/cap side).