Peppers planning to pay Gilbert back for No. 90

Jarron Gilbert didn’t ask Julius Peppers for anything after the Chicago Bears took the No. 90 jersey out of his locker and presented it to the freshly minted Pro Bowl pass rusher.

But Peppers plans on making the move easier for Gilbert, who will now wear No. 70, his third number in less than a year.

"I hit him up about it, but it was kind of late because they had already announced that I was going to get it,' Peppers told Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune. "When I talked to him, he was like, 'It's all good.' I told him I appreciated it and that I had to do something to show my appreciation.

"(Gilbert) told me not to even worry about it, but I'm going to hook him up anyway. What am I going to get him? I don't know yet. I'm still trying to decide, think about what's going to be good. I didn't even meet him yet. I'm going to meet him and see what he likes and then try to hook him up with something.'

Gilbert wore No. 90 at San Jose State before the Bears made him a third-round draft pick last year, their first selection in the draft. He was assigned No. 73 but switched to No. 90 early in training camp after linebacker Joey LaRocque was released.

Peppers said when he signed his $91.5 million, six-year contract that Gilbert would give him the number out of respect. Now, he’s preparing to say thank you.

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