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Julius Peppers



    This free-agent star could single-handedly turn around a lethargic pass rush. Or, shy guy Julius from North Carolina could go wall flower in this big windy town.

    Scrutiny is bound to follow this 6-foot 7-inch football Titan, who signed a six-year contract with the Bears in 2010.

    Rumors about his taking plays off follow him more closely than an opposing left tackle. Anything less than double-digit sacks will be considered a bust by a rabid Chicago fan-base.

    Peppers has played his entire career in North Carolina, from high school through college and into pro. He’s always been big man on campus, but here he’ll have to earn it. If he washes out it’ll be a lot of long, cold winters by the lake for the N.C. native.