Halfway through the season, Julius Peppers had exactly two sacks for the Bears. Not the kind of production you'd expect from the team's big-money free agent acquisition. In fact, his performance earned him our "worst free agent signing" designation at the halfway mark.
But Peppers has dramatically improved his play of late, and was honored with the NFL's Defensive Player of the Month for November. So, we'll follow suit and officially rescind our "worst free agent signing" designation.
Congratulations, Mr. Peppers.
The 30-year-old defensive end had four sacks, 13 tackles, a deflected pass that was intercepted, and two additional tackles for losses. It's the first time he has won the award since October, 2006, when he was with the Panthers. And it's the first time a Bears player has received the award since Trace Armstrong won it ... 20 years ago.