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Redskins out, Bears in for Peppers

Not even 30 minutes into the launch of the free agency period, ESPN’s Adam Schefter says that there’s a “league-wide expectation” that defensive end Julius Peppers is heading to the Bears.

Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports that a visit already has been arranged, and that Peppers has a “strong interest” in joining Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, and Tommie Harris on the Chicago defense.

Bryant McKinnie just peed a little.

Meanwhile, a league source tells us that the Redskins are out.  For most of the first half hour of free agency, G.M. Bruce Allen was communicating with persons other than Peppers’ agent, Carl Carey.

We’ve spoken with Lance Zierlein of KGOW and the Houston Chronicle regarding the change, given that Zierlein was convinced Peppers would be heading to D.C. — and given that Zierlein had it nailed last year regarding the signing of Albert Haynesworth by the Redskins.  Zierlein says that, even though everything was pointing to the Redskins and Peppers on Thursday night, “something happened” to put the Bears in the driver’s seat.  It could be that Peppers simply wants to play for Rod Marinelli, and that he wants to avoid a 3-4 defense.

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32 Responses to “Redskins out, Bears in for Peppers”
  1. DallasRavens says: Mar 5, 2010 12:36 AM

    Or Peppers wised up and decided he just wanted to avoid DC all together.

  2. cbears2001? says: Mar 5, 2010 12:36 AM

    Julius Peppers = Monster of the Midway

  3. achain says: Mar 5, 2010 12:36 AM

    As a Redskins fan,
    Thank you Bruce!

  4. Gautam says: Mar 5, 2010 12:36 AM

    ha ha ha Snyder you beauty ha ha ha
    wait wtf am I saying

  5. Zach says: Mar 5, 2010 12:36 AM

    “and that he wants to avoid a 3-4 defense.”
    after crying that he wants to play in 3-4 only?

  6. Sasquash says: Mar 5, 2010 12:37 AM

    DA BEARS! Go Eagles get Kampman!

  7. ToledoLions says: Mar 5, 2010 12:38 AM

    Who in their right mind would want to play for Marinara?

  8. efangule says: Mar 5, 2010 12:38 AM

    a guy from HOUSTON knows whats going on with the Redskins in DC?!?!?
    Are you freakin kidding me?
    You put your eggs in a basket with this guy?
    i hope you can hear my eyes roll from here.

  9. PackRBack says: Mar 5, 2010 12:39 AM

    Aaron Rodgers may have peed a little too.

  10. bearsfan63 says: Mar 5, 2010 12:39 AM

    YES that will be a nasty front 4! Chestor taylor also interviewing with the bears today! next up is Rolle and our D will be the best!

  11. Slow Joe says: Mar 5, 2010 12:40 AM

    But wasn’t he bitching all last offseason that he couldn’t “reach his potential” unless he played in a 3-4?
    That guy is a fruitcake. I’m glad my team is not after him.

  12. joshington says: Mar 5, 2010 12:41 AM

    Oh thank god. Just like Cutler, let the Bears have him!

  13. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Mar 5, 2010 12:42 AM

    Glad to hear my Skins aren’t going to pony up all that cash.

  14. Skinshokiefan says: Mar 5, 2010 12:42 AM

    That “something happened” is called the agent using the Redskins name to drive up the price, seeing that according to your “source” Allen wasn’t even talking with Peppers agent.
    In your world of assumptions that means the Redskins were never really in it

  15. moltobuttstomp says: Mar 5, 2010 12:44 AM

    Hope that’s true – didn’t want him with the Skins….now go get some O-line help

  16. UrEALfAKE says: Mar 5, 2010 12:45 AM

    Wow….the last time a panther went to chicago they made it to the superbowl….
    O wait they had a great defense…i’m sorry for getting yall hopes up….
    NOW SIGN VICK PANTHERS,,,
    cats hate dogs

  17. AutumnWind999 says: Mar 5, 2010 12:47 AM

    Or Peppers is just playing Snyder for an extra $5 million per season by flirting with the Bears.

  18. Bryan M says: Mar 5, 2010 12:47 AM

    Wised up eh? “For most of the first half hour of free agency, G.M. Bruce Allen was communicating with persons other than Peppers’ agent, Bruce Carey.”
    That essentially says it all. If they truly wanted him in the first place, they would have him.

  19. Cybot says: Mar 5, 2010 12:47 AM

    What is so wise about going to Chicago. This is great for them. Now they won’t have any more draft picks and no more money to spend on Free Agency. Peppers is good but not for much longer.

  20. Ryan says: Mar 5, 2010 12:50 AM

    Good call, I really didnt want to see someone 6’7” droping back in coverage.

  21. Peoples Champ says: Mar 5, 2010 12:52 AM

    “Or Peppers wised up and decided he just wanted to avoid DC all together.”
    Exactly. In the end, he knew what was best for him

  22. Jurg9 says: Mar 5, 2010 12:54 AM

    School’s Not Out Till The Belll Rings! Peppers is just raising the ante. Snyder’s Money Will Prevail!!

  23. DanSnyder says: Mar 5, 2010 12:55 AM

    After a certain point peppers makes NO SENSE financially. Hes is 30 years old and is most known for his love of money. This guys cares about money and himself more then anything.
    As someone who experiences what it feels like winning the free agency superbowl year in and out let me be the first to tell bears fans that I promise it wont make a damn difference one the year starts. Free agents in this league rarely are difference makers. The biggest change to my skins will not be any free agent signing or draft picks, it is what has already happened in bringing in a real coach in Mike Shannahan, finally acquiring a real GM, and overall just a makeover for the franchise.
    Trust me when I say this bears fans, you will be excited all offseason with the thoughts of how great your team will be but once the season starts you will realize how little these players mean and how much good coaching and front office decisions decide who wins and who doesnt in this league.

  24. habibfromnewdehli says: Mar 5, 2010 12:55 AM

    Wised up? If I had a choice between Redskins or Bears… please believe I’d pick the Bears. Play with Haynesworth and Orakpo? Yes please.
    Oh, and no way in hell I want any piece of the Vikings and Packers twice each when I can feast on the few remains of the Eagles… the highly overrated Cowboys offense… and the Giants.

  25. Cut Da Jokes says: Mar 5, 2010 12:57 AM

    Great News! They don’t need Peppers!

  26. Stetson wears panties says: Mar 5, 2010 1:00 AM

    Mumbles only plays when he wants to.
    He isn’t worth the $.

  27. boysroll says: Mar 5, 2010 1:01 AM

    i think we would all love to c peppers to da bears….just to c weasel boy get shafted again in 4skin country. man…they have so many holes. last place again nfc east beyatches…LMAO.

  28. Howie Handles says: Mar 5, 2010 1:11 AM

    “What is so wise about going to Chicago. This is great for them. Now they won’t have any more draft picks and no more money to spend on Free Agency. Peppers is good but not for much longer”
    They’re missing their first and second rounder picks, big deal. Angelo would have just drafted busts anyways. re: FA, I’m sure they’re planning on signing more players, or did you not realize its an uncapped year, and Lovie and the gang are feeling the heat. Unfortunately, they’ll sign the wrong guys. I don’t want Peppers.

  29. JoeyJoeJoeJr.Shabadoooo says: Mar 5, 2010 1:14 AM

    Hey Chicago,
    Did you watch the olympics? I hope you did, because you have to get used to it. ohhhh too soon? poor poor baby!
    (slow clap)

  30. eagledan says: Mar 5, 2010 1:19 AM

    God I hope so,
    anywhere but Philly!

  31. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: Mar 5, 2010 8:47 AM

    @PeoplesChamp
    I just wish you and Vox would shut your mouths.
    So glad that all you haters out there are DEAD wrong in the free agent race. The Skins have not made a splash at all what so ever. Peppers will get his money, just not with the Skins as of right now. Looks like all the bargaining chips are the only thing that are being thrown, and I like that a whole lot better than cash. We will be whipping up on the NFC East this year. Mark my words.
    Hail SKINS!!!

  32. .VoxVeritas says: Mar 5, 2010 10:30 AM

    “We will be whipping up on the NFC East this year. Mark my words.”
    Always do, every off-season. So the Deadskins are going to go from 0-6 in the division to “whipping up” on it in the span of one year? With THAT offense?

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