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Peppers' agent says it's the Bears' "deal to lose"

Roughly thirty minutes into the free agency period, the agent who represents defensive end Julius Peppers told Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times that a contract with Peppers is the Bears’ “deal to lose.”

And now we know why Carl Carey is the Tom Hagen of NFL agents — he handles only one client.

If there was any doubt regarding the question of whether the Bears had been talking to Carey about Peppers before the period for talking to Carey about Peppers began, there should be none now.  There’s no way Carey came to the conclusion that it’s anyone’s “deal to lose” in 30 minutes if there were no communications before midnight.

Let’s be clear on this.  Carey has done nothing wrong by talking to teams prematurely; agents are allowed to instigate tampering.  But he needs to be discreet, or he’s going to talk the Bears right into losing a draft pick or two.

And there’s more evidence of pre-midnight discussions.  Lance Zierlein, who had Peppers signing with the Redskins on Thursday night (we’ll give him a pass since he nailed Haynesworth last year), reports that Bears coach Lovie Smith flew to Peppers on Thursday night.  They’re flying back to Chicago together on Friday.

Zierlein also says via Twitter than the Bears will get Peppers signed tomorrow.

So stay tuned.  This one is moving quickly.

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22 Responses to “Peppers' agent says it's the Bears' "deal to lose"”
  1. irishgary says: Mar 5, 2010 1:25 AM

    The Bears don have any draft picks to lose.
    looks like they want to go back to defense after the Cutler failure.
    Peppers will dog it when they continue to lose

  2. Larry David says: Mar 5, 2010 1:26 AM

    Once Peppers gets his money, this guy is gonna fade fast.

  3. novanative says: Mar 5, 2010 1:27 AM

    what happened to Peppers and the Skins = a done deal, Florio?!?

  4. efangule says: Mar 5, 2010 1:28 AM

    NOBODY CARES ABOUT TAMPERING!!!!!

  5. JP says: Mar 5, 2010 1:29 AM

    If nothing else, the rumors have sure generated a lot of chatter among Chicago fans. The Bears’ “Windy City Gridiron” blog (part of SB Nation) open thread on free agency has generated…lemme see…481 posts in the first hour or so since free agency has started.

  6. mzezulak says: Mar 5, 2010 1:30 AM

    Awesome now we need a safety and to trade Greg Olsen for Brandon Marshall.

  7. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Mar 5, 2010 1:48 AM

    Be prepared for the annual ‘ this team made the big signing in free agency, thus, will win the superbowl’ from all the stupid, worthless sports guys.

  8. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Mar 5, 2010 1:54 AM

    chicago is the wanna-be big city

  9. shadowGM says: Mar 5, 2010 2:00 AM

    Does anyone else feel this smacks of desperation? That’s quite a bag you’ll be holding when the staff is entirely fired from management down next offseason, they bring in a guy who prefers a system Peppers dislikes and demands to be traded.
    Something doesn’t add up here…you have an aging defense, a lame duck staff (Martz will screw it up, just give him time. Remember, he’s an egomaniac and Lovie used to work for him), and the makings of a mess in a season or two. Great place to land, huh? I still say this doesn’t happen.

  10. NOwillrepeat says: Mar 5, 2010 2:03 AM

    Let the Bears overpay for this guy, just like Cutler. Same player, all the talent in the world with no heart. He’s already 30 and want 20 mil a year, no thank you. Just keep him out the nfc south

  11. NOwillrepeat says: Mar 5, 2010 2:08 AM

    joeyjoejoe:
    Im sure your just looking to stir the pot. But Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, wouldn’t exactly call that wanna-be.

  12. Alan says: Mar 5, 2010 2:41 AM

    As NOwillrepeat said, but from a different division. Just keep him the hell out of the NFC East!

  13. Little Tommy says: Mar 5, 2010 3:54 AM

    Trust me…if it’s the Bears’ deal to lose, they’ll find a way!

  14. cadillacjosh says: Mar 5, 2010 3:55 AM

    Surely everyone is in agreement that a fading non-effort Peppers is still better than the pass rushing we have now?

  15. LiLsWISHA says: Mar 5, 2010 4:10 AM

    Peppers will have a great start but Chicago will struggle anyways… Then comes the phantom injuries….

  16. Sow Crates says: Mar 5, 2010 4:55 AM

    As a bears fan, I’d rather see the Bears go for Kampman and Rolle over just Peppers, but you know what? Maybe this is the turn the McCaskey’s have resisted for eons.
    Your the 3rd biggest city in America, arguably the largest single NFL market (since New York has 2 teams and LA 0), it’s amazing that ownership in Chicago has such a love of penny pinching.
    It’s an uncapped year, you have some aging yet still talented players. If you couple Peppers with a veteran addition at CB/S, Chester Taylor, and a guy to play left guard or right tackle, I think this team could look pretty good. I intentionally omitted WR from that checklist because this team was worse at physically playing the other team last year than it was running routes and catching balls. I’d rather trust the young and unproven on the peripheries and put my trust in veterans to win the war in the trenches.

  17. Larry David says: Mar 5, 2010 6:12 AM

    Once Peppers gets his money, this guy is gonna fade fast.

  18. Ross'sSweetMinus says: Mar 5, 2010 9:38 AM

    Peppers or not the Bears will suck! They always suck. Thats why their fans still to this day talk about the 85 team like it was yesterday.
    peppers go’s to chi-town its clearly about the $$$.

  19. mnmaverick says: Mar 5, 2010 10:10 AM

    The Bears are entering salary cap hell.

  20. mnmaverick says: Mar 5, 2010 10:17 AM

    Speaking of collecting headcases… Cutler, Martz, and now they are talking Peppers, and Brandon Marshall. LOL
    Who’s next? Terrell Owens?

  21. sweetloudunbar says: Mar 5, 2010 10:51 AM

    I hope Peppers gets signed to a sh*t team for less money than the Panthers tried to give him last year. Born and raised in NC, with the good fortune to be able to play for the home team, which, while they aren’t the best, they’re certainly more competitive than half the teams in the league. I hate when players chase money.
    His days of making 18 mil. a year are over. He needs to realize it and move on.
    Of course, if he had a change of heart and stayed with the Panthers, I’d be happy too.

  22. NOwillrepeat says: Mar 5, 2010 2:39 PM

    sweetloudunbar:
    “I hope Peppers gets signed to a sh*t team”
    If he signs with bears you will have your wish my friend

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