Lamarr Houston Signs with the Bears

Lamarr HoustonThe Bears have agreed with former Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston on a five-year, $35 million contract.

Houston, only 26, was a force for the Raiders with 69 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and six sacks in 2013.

The team also announced Tuesday that they had terminated Julius Peppers’ contract, as he was due a salary of $13.9 million in 2014, and counted $20 million toward the salary cap. Peppers, now 34, is still an effective pass rusher and a commanding presence on the field but he has become a cap casualty with Houston now in tow.

IDP OUTLOOK: Houston is a high motor type of player that wins because of his phenomenal athleticism and raw physicality that overwhelms blockers at times. His high tackle totals are a testament to his style of play and a big reason why he finished 2013 as a #1 scoring defensive lineman. The only question with Houston entering next season is if he will play with the same intensity now that he has achieved his second contract.

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