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Busy Bears give Peppers big deal

Julius Peppers joined the Chicago Bears in the biggest move by a team that showed it is intent 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. 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.

The Bears also lured running back Chester Taylor from the Vikings with a four-year contract and blocking tight end Brandon Manumaleuna from San Diego with a five-year deal. Taylor's contract is worth $12.5 million with $7 million guaranteed, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

More moves

Pro Bowl returner Josh Cribbs has a new three-year contract with the Browns, restructuring the final three years of the six-year deal he signed in 2006 . . . The Lions added to their defensive line, agreeing to a four-year deal with Kyle Vanden Bosch and acquiring Corey Williams from the Browns in a trade . . . Jake Delhomme said he was "blindsided" by his release from the Panthers and said his career wasn't over . . . Colts linebacker Gary Brackett signed a five-year deal to stay in Indy . . . The Eagles agreed to a three-year deal with fullback Leonard Weaver. - AP

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