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Numbers game catches up to Peppers

He was productive for Bears, but salary did him in on team rebuilding its defense

Updated: March 11, 2014, 11:08 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- There were no tears shed for Julius Peppers on Tuesday. No beers poured out at local bars. No protests at Halas Hall.

The end of Peppers' career with the Chicago Bears was inevitable and minimalistic. A tweet, a statement, an accounting of money saved.

Hired guns don't get romance and nostalgia. They get a paycheck and a thank you.

So, thanks Julius.

Peppers was a Chicago Bear for four wild, transformative years. He was a legend in his locker room, a beast ...

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