Peppers to Chicago:Bear's Sign Missing Link to Their Once Dominating Defense

Tommy RossCorrespondent IMarch 5, 2010

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 03:  Julius Peppers #90 of the Carolina Panthers looks on the sidelines during the game against the New Orleans Saints at Bank of America Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Lovey Smith might of dodged a bullet with this last stunt he pulled, I'm happy for him for now.

According to the Associate Press , Julius Peppers was finally getting some sleep at home in Charlotte when he found out just how serious the Chicago Bears were about acquiring him.

The free agent signing period had just begun and his agent called to tell him coach Lovie Smith was in town. Soon, Peppers was meeting him at an executive airport.

Now, he's being fitted for a Bears uniform.

Peppers joined Chicago in the biggest move by a team that showed it's fixated on contending again after missing the playoffs the past three seasons.

The five-time Pro Bowl defensive end and top free agent prize agreed Friday to a six-year deal worth potentially $91.5 million.

Agent Carl Carey said a record $42 million is guaranteed, with Peppers earning $20 million in the first year and $40.5 million over the first three. The deal includes incentives for sacks, making the Pro Bowl and winning Defensive Player of the Year.

"It's one thing to play football in this league and make a living, but it's a totally different thing to come to a place with a rich tradition like the Bears," Peppers said.

For the most part that last statement from Pepper's has been true with the exception on the last three years. Over those years the Chicago defense has dropped of tremendously.

From my observation it was a drect result of two underlining circumstances ineffective secondary play and a failure to get to the opposing teams quarterback in a timely matter.

Now with the addition of Pepper's it almost kills two birds with one stone, you get the pressure you need from your defensive line and it gives the opposing quarterback less time to pick apart their secondary.

The only steps left for the Bears to take now is to upgrade their B-level secondary. I predict Chicago to make a strong run in the playoffs this year as a result of this trade, provided Cutler remembering what jersey his recivers are wearing on 3 and longs.