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Bears to take cap hit on Julius Peppers

Julius Peppers has the largest cap number on the Bears in 2013.

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Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers will have the largest base salary and cap number on the Bears in 2013, according to Jeff Dickerson of ESPN Chicago.

Peppers will make $12.9 million and count $16.38 million against the cap next season. Quarterback Jay Cutler will count $10.37 million against the cap next season which is the second-highest individual figure behind Peppers.

Peppers recorded 39 tackles and 11.5 sacks for the Bears last season and has totaled 30.5 sacks in three years in Chicago.

Peppers signed a six-year, $42 million deal with Chicago in the 2010 offseason and has already restructured his deal once with Chicago in order to reduce the team`s cap hit.

Peppers' cap number will grow to $17.38 million in 2014 and $19.68 in 2015.

The 33-year-old defensive end has 516 tackles, 111.5 sacks, eight interceptions and 37 forced fumbles in 11 NFL seasons with the Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears.