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As free agency opens, Bears plan to "come out swinging" for Peppers

Amid rumors that the Redskins are making a big push for defensive end Julius Peppers, we’re now hearing that the Chicago Bears plan to “come out swinging” in the hopes of landing the consensus top free agent in the 2010 class.

A league source tells us that the numbers have gotten to the point where the Eagles have dropped out, and that the Seahawks were never serious players for Peppers.

Peppers’ choice should be about more than money.  In Chicago, he’d be operating in a 4-3 defense as an end.  In Washington, he’ll most likely move to outside linebacker in a 3-4.

So stay tuned.  The market is open, and the shoppers are streaming into the store.

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30 Responses to “As free agency opens, Bears plan to "come out swinging" for Peppers”
  1. The Devil says: Mar 5, 2010 12:04 AM

    i stayed up for this…
    I thought this was the bewitching hour.

  2. neg_serye says: Mar 5, 2010 12:05 AM

    So much for owners not wanting to spend during this offseason.

  3. Raider Pride says: Mar 5, 2010 12:07 AM

    12:05 AM
    I knew you would be here Mr. Florio.
    Free Agency…. Let The Games Begin…

  4. JAG880 says: Mar 5, 2010 12:07 AM

    one billion dollars

  5. Unsterblich856 says: Mar 5, 2010 12:07 AM

    Might as well. Their last big name pass rusher didn’t work out so well.

  6. Bob Sacamono says: Mar 5, 2010 12:08 AM

    Jerry Angelo needs to be punched in face. Signing Peppers and using this much money on one player is not gonna help us in 2010. Can’t wait until he is gone next year along with Lovie.

  7. DocBG says: Mar 5, 2010 12:08 AM

    Is peppers going to set the tone for the rest of the league and the self restraint of teams, or is he going to be an exception that will cost other, good players some money?

  8. Catamount says: Mar 5, 2010 12:09 AM

    One NFL team is about to make a mistake.

  9. GoBears84 says: Mar 5, 2010 12:09 AM

    Florio, I can definitely Dig Pft’s first post of the 2010 season.

  10. habibfromnewdehli says: Mar 5, 2010 12:10 AM

    Bears… just back away now before Dan Snyder crushes you with his wallet.

  11. axeman54jt says: Mar 5, 2010 12:10 AM

    the bears and skins should leave peppers alone. he wont solve there long list of problems

  12. coz says: Mar 5, 2010 12:11 AM

    doesnt he want to play for 3-4 team

  13. DontBEHating says: Mar 5, 2010 12:12 AM

    Do the Bears really think they can match the DANNY?
    Bring it

  14. lithiumfx26 says: Mar 5, 2010 12:13 AM

    Peppers will get the big $ and dog it.

  15. DanSnyder says: Mar 5, 2010 12:15 AM

    i could care less who gets him. As a redskins fan I really don;t care about peppers. Signing peppers is more of a showing of financial dominance and its the only reason I would enjoy it, to show chicago not to bother.

  16. beloitjc says: Mar 5, 2010 12:16 AM

    Peppers to Chicago? Than go get Rolle! We will call that the Peppers-Rolle.

  17. DeepSeaHawks says: Mar 5, 2010 12:18 AM

    So I am sure its only a matter of time until free agency will move to a noon time saturday kick off so that the NFL can hold some sort of “auction” in a huge venue. Can you imagine, Peppers gets up on stage, and the bidding starts. Just like Barrett Jackson.

  18. RedskinPete says: Mar 5, 2010 12:19 AM

    Lets go Dannyboy, let the bidding begin…..He’s going to be a Redskin, sorry Bears fans.

  19. anonymous says: Mar 5, 2010 12:19 AM

    the eagles management = the Fold Standard

  20. UrEALfAKE says: Mar 5, 2010 12:20 AM

    Bear with me for a second as I got this bad infection causing Redskin cause I inhale some peppers

  21. mzezulak says: Mar 5, 2010 12:21 AM

    The Bears will get Peppers, Angelo’s career depends on it along with Lovies their Tampa 2 defense absolutely requires a stud DE pass rusher along with a stud 3 technique DT (t.Harris) and a ball hawking safety. With the death of gaines Adams they lost their potential pass rusher and also their 2nd round pick where they might have found one. Angelo only has one year to turn this around and he can’t put it in the hands of a mid draft pick or a player coming off major knee surgery. Look for the Bears to sign Peppers and either Rolle, Sharper or Atogwe this morning.

  22. cbears2001? says: Mar 5, 2010 12:22 AM

    Tim Hasselbeck just called Karlos Dansby a better free agent than Julius Peppers…which proves that his ability as an analyist is identical to his abilities as a sub par backup QB. Tim, you cannot analyze a players abilities based on how likely you would be to turn the ball over to them. Having said that I am pleased to welcome Julius Peppers as the newest member of the Chicago Bears!

  23. neovenator250 says: Mar 5, 2010 12:23 AM

    Hey Florio, would you be more productive as a 4-3 end or a 3-4 outside linebacker?

  24. beloitjc says: Mar 5, 2010 12:33 AM

    Report Peppers on his way to Chicago for a visit. Lovie and Angelo Don’t screw this one up!

  25. ZwangZ says: Mar 5, 2010 12:35 AM

    Suck my Pepper, Julius.

  26. Bob Sacamono says: Mar 5, 2010 12:43 AM

    Beloitjc….screw it up? If they sign him they will screw it up. We finished 7-9 last year and haven’t made the playoffs since the Super Bowl year. We have MANY holes. I’m telling you, this is gonna be another Haynesworth deal where a guy signs for a ton of money and then had nothing to play for and looks nothing like he did the season before. With the money it will take to sign him (huge if the Redskins dropped out already) how much does that leave us to upgrade in other areas? Oh right…none. And we can upgrade through the draft…oh right again….we don’t pick until the 3rd round because of Angelo. This next year is done already if this happens. Jerry and Lovie will both be gone (Lovie should have been gone this year) and we will have new people in place but it with this $40 million black cloud hanging over our head. As if we haven’t mortgaged enough of our future with the Cutler trade and Gaines signing, now we have to deal with this. Ted Phillips, what are you thinking???

  27. DAAAA BEARS says: Mar 5, 2010 12:52 AM

    I do not want peppers, he will cost us way too much money and will not produce, i would rather have numerous players that can help us in the long run.

  28. Route36West says: Mar 5, 2010 12:56 AM

    “A league source tells us that the numbers have gotten to the point where the Eagles have dropped out, and that the Seahawks were never serious players for Peppers”
    Whoever that league source is is an idiot. The Eagles were never in. Everyone knew what it was going to take to get Peppers signed. A boatload of money. It was going to take a long term contract with alot of guaranteed money and about $15 million a year.
    The Eagles knew that they werent going to give him a contract like that. They just fane a little bit of interest just so Eagles fans dont go nuts.
    Any Eagles fan that didnt know this going into tonight is never going to learn. It happens every year. Alot of Eagles fans(and other NFL fans) are sheep and will let their Sheppard(The Team) lead them straight into the slaughter house.

  29. Route36West says: Mar 5, 2010 1:31 AM

    DeepSeaHawks says:
    March 5, 2010 12:18 AM
    So I am sure its only a matter of time until free agency will move to a noon time saturday kick off so that the NFL can hold some sort of “auction” in a huge venue. Can you imagine, Peppers gets up on stage, and the bidding starts. Just like Barrett Jackson.
    _______________________________
    I can dig it. That should be in the new C.B.A. :
    section 666: sub-section (H) (E) (LL)No longer will unrestricted free agents be able to discuss contracts 1 team at a time. All Free agents will be bid on in an auction. The Team that offers and average of the most money per year gets the contract.
    Seriously though they should just start the new league year at 12 pm instead of 12 am that way they can make it an event like the draft or combine. That way deals can get done after the deadline instead of having to wait till the next morning before something can happen.

  30. vikesfan (orginal I know) says: Mar 5, 2010 9:05 AM

    I can see why peppers would want to go to Chicago. He get’s to face Bryant Mckinnie(until he gets benched) twice a year. Not to mention the lions and the packers O-line twice. Those six games alone should be good for 10 sacks.

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