Signed to a six-year, $84 million deal in 2010, Peppers has collected 19 sacks in two seasons. But the Bears still struggle to get to the quarterback as a unit, squandering the opportunity provided by the constant double-teaming Peppers demands.
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"The biggest thing it meant for me was that they were looking for somebody else to fill the void of third end," Wootton said of McClellin's arrival, via Gene Chamberlain of CBSSports.com. "Unfortunately, last year I didn't really contribute like I wanted to and that's why they drafted him."
McClellin got work in the place of a resting Peppers on Sunday, taking some lumps in the process. He fared better going against the second team, according to Chamberlain.
McClellin and 10th-year end Israel Idonije will be called upon to win the one-on-one battles up front. If they can't, it will be another comfortable year in the pocket for opposing QBs.