It wasn't that long ago that Fast Willie Parker was the toast of Pittsburgh. He set a Super Bowl record and had an inspirational story.
Just last year, Julius Peppers was the second highest-paid defensive player in the league, and he is a tremendous athlete.
But things change fast in the NFL. The elevator goes from the penthouse to the basement faster than you can say "offseason participation bonus."
Now, we find ourselves wondering if the Bears should pick up any of these superstars, all around 30 years old and arguably on either the downside of their career (all three running backs) or just past their peak (Peppers) in what could be a one-year-or-bust season for several decision makers.