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The Bears used some caponomics to help them in case there is a cap in 2011. The Lions' defensive leader is optimistic about his team's chances, making Detroit look like a breeding ground for outrageous comments. And the Packers will likely have to move on with an older receiving corps as one emerging receiver appears set to leave.

Chicago Bears By restructuring Julius Peppers' contract and turning his $10.5 million roster bonus for this season into a signing bonus that is spread evenly over the five remaining years on his $91 million contract for salary-cap relief, the Bears have saved roughly $8 million for 2011 assuming there will be a cap. That extra cap space could allow the Bears to be more active in free agency... Recommended Stories

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