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Bears release Julius Peppers

Updated: March 11, 2014, 11:14 PM ET
By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com

Quoting head coach Marc Trestman, Chicago Bears general manager Phil Emery once said, "Decisions are made when they have to be made," and for defensive end Julius Peppers that time came Tuesday when the club released the eight-time Pro Bowler.

With Peppers set to receive a base salary of $13.9 million in 2014 and count $18.183 million against the cap, the move was inevitable, especially after the Bears signed former Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston to a five-year deal worth ...

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