The Bears, indeed, did go "hog wild" on Friday, the first day of free agency.
The club committed more than $53 million in guarantees to secure three 30-year-old players.
But most of the money -- and the attention -- goes to defensive end Julius Peppers.
He signed a six-year, $91.5 million deal that includes $42 million in guarantees. In the first year, he'll make $20 million.
We'll see if the $91.5 million is real (the total compensation can easily be inflated, with absurdly high base salaries in the latter years). But if the $42 million in guarantees is legit, then Peppers actually topped defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.
Last year, Haynesworth signed a seven-year, $100 million contract with the Washington Redskins on the first day of free agency. The deal could be worth as much as $115 million, based on incentives, and guaranteed him $41 million.
That Peppers topped that final number while committed to fewer seasons would be a victory.
Here are the terms of two other elite defensive ends.
Dwight Freeney of the Indianapolis Colts set the bar in 2007 with a six-year, $72 million deal that included $30 million in guarantees. At the time, the deal made Freeney the league's highest paid defensive player.
In 2008, Jared Allen signed a six-year, $72.36 million deal with the Minnesota Vikings that included $31 million in guarantees.
Although he's technically a linebacker, DeMarcus Ware of the Dallas Cowboys signed a seven-year, $79 million contract that included $40 million in guarantees.