Report: Bears looking to pick up Peppers

J.Peppers.jpgWith Bears coach Lovie Smith and, to a lesser extent, G.M. Jerry Angelo facing a win-or-else season, the team is poised to make a splash in free agency.

Specifically, the Bears’ top target is Panthers defensive end Julius Peppers, according to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com.

Technically, the Bears aren’t allowed to comment to anyone, publicly or privately, about their interest in Peppers or any other player whose contract has yet to expire.  And if the league actually cared about tampering (other than when the 49ers do it), the league employee who has broken the news might have an awkward moment or two in the biggest office at 280 Park Avenue.

La Canfora also reports that Packers defensive end Aaron Kampman is “very much on [the Bears’] radar.”

Chicago needs to bolster the defensive end position due to the tragic passing of Gaines Adams, for whom the Bears gave up their 2010 second-round pick in October.  The Bears also are without a first-round pick, due to the 2009 trade for quarterback Jay Cutler.

We continue to believe that anyone who signs Peppers is taking a huge risk.  With every reason in 2009 to have a huge year, he simply didn’t.  Once he gets paid, realistic expectations should be even lower.

Then again, if Peppers ends up in the NFC North, Vikings left tackle Bryant McKinnie will have two games per year in which he’ll need to be ready to claim after the fact that he was injured.

57 responses to “Report: Bears looking to pick up Peppers

  1. Really though why do the 49ers always get penalized for “tampering” and nobody else ever does?? Stupid NFL!

  2. This will be Peppers last decent contract. I don’t see it being a mind whopper because he’s 30 years old. Anyways, who wants to play for the Bears when they know this is their last chance to win a championship? NOBODY, if Peppers goes there it is because he’s all about the money. He takes games/plays off and signing him could cost people their jobs. He will make or break a team.

  3. Chicago is at Carolina this year, could be interesting if da Bears get him. With Ulracher and him, we’re talking about a ferocious front seven.

  4. Come on Florio, i’ve been saying this for a month now… goon out, Gaines Adams RIP, lovie a defensive man, him and angelo on a potential last year tenure in Chicago…they need some revamping of that defense.

  5. Tampering? Seriously? Based on an unsubstantiated rumor mentioned in a tweet by Jason LaCanfora? I think it’s time for me to start making stuff up and “tweeting” it. This is hardly even newsworthy.

  6. Peppers is the Randy Moss of defensive ends. All the talent in the world, but absolutely no class or character. That being said, if Peppers signs with the Bears, he will lead the NFL in sacks since he’s guaranteed at least a half-dozen in his two matchups with McKinnie, who is the Randy Moss of offensive tackles. Maybe these three idiots would “get it” if they had to bust their butts for $40K a year like many of us do…or maybe not.

  7. This would would be a great pickup for the bears. Just having peppers on the line is going to make it easier for Tommie Harris as well as urlacher, Briggs and our DB’s. I love how non bears fans find the time to come on here to tell us that this would be a bad move. If the bears get peppers and with martz coming in as our OC. This could be one of the suprise teams next year. Get it done Angelo!

  8. Gimme a break. Who’s the guy that tipped off LaCanfora on this one? Hub Arkush?
    Nice pipe dream, but I really don’t see any way this guy is in colors other than Patriot blue. Makes me sick, but there it is. I can see him moving money around to work around Wilfork’s impending franchise tag contract, just to be on a perennial winner.

  9. Politely Stoned says:
    February 23, 2010 8:47 PM
    Chicago is at Carolina this year, could be interesting if da Bears get him. With Ulracher and him, we’re talking about a ferocious front seven.
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    are you stoned? that’s not even a ferocious front 2, let alone the other 5. Maybe 4 years ago it was.

  10. @politely stoned: not really. but ask me again in like 5 years ago and that statement will be much more accurate

  11. Politely Stoned – I have to politely diagree with your statement. Peppers will not make the Bears ferocious again. Urlacher is on his way down and he doesn’t make the plays he did in the past. There are 9 other guys they have to play on that defense and none of those guys are that good. It’s gonna take a lot more. Sorry.

  12. He wants to go to a 3-4 team, the Bears are 4-3. He also wants to play on a team that doesn’t suck.

  13. I don’t see this happening. I think safety is a far more pressing need and I see them going after Antrelle Rolle. Being a life long-oft frustrated Bears fan, I also don’t see them spending the kind of coin he’s looking for.

  14. Ulracher is on the down side of his ability fastly going off thewcreen as a football player he and Peppers will fill the same boat swrilling down the tube

  15. Urlacher’s better days happened years ago and Peppers’ spotty effort on the field makes this an unlikely scenario. The Bears would be wiser to try to trim Urlacher’s paycheck and go after Kampman.

  16. oh why not? they have no picks this year. may as well go for it. maybe it will motivate him. i cant see him slacking when he is teamed up with veterans like urlacher & briggs. i dont see them putting up with that crap. we’ll have to wait and see.

  17. Mike, you know I love you buddy, but you spelled my last name wrong. It’s CULpepper, silly! It makes sense that the Bears want me though, thanks for the sales pitch. Roll on!
    Love, Daunte
    XOXO

  18. It would be a good pick up for the Bears ONLY if Peppers comes to play and not disappear like he did in Carolina.

  19. Florio go eat a shit covered oreo. You wouldn’t know talent if your wifes name was talent. Mckinnie never allowed a sack in his entire career up until the NFL. The NFL, you know.. the place where the best players in the world fight their hardest to get the quarterback every down. Mckinnie is still one of the best offensive linemen in the game.. Dare i say history. EVEN WHEN HE IS HURT. YOU NIT-WIT.

  20. The only thing that has to do with tampering is Mr F’s obsessiveness with inventing it where it actually is not present.
    You have a reporter, La Canfora, who himself decided to opine, but with no real facts.
    Mr. F runs with it. crying tampering. (we’ve seen this act before)
    Remember when G. Cobb, online of course, broke a headline, of in Philly K Kolb being offered a contract to the point where Kolb had to go on radio and set it straight that it never happened?
    Why did Kolb have to do that?
    Bc internet dopes with no accountability make up things. As G cobb did.
    As in Florio and La Canfora are doing here. Making up things? Why?
    Bc they can do it and just apologize later. So who cares, just start making stuff up.
    There’s nothing behind any tampering allegations. But who cares, just make it up, and smoke the cigars and try not to let too much money fall out of the pockets on the way to the bank.

  21. Look if Peppers in interested in joining a playoff team that can make a legitimate push in the playoffs and possibly get to the super bowl, he should be looking at a team like the Pats or Eagles. All it takes is one good offseason to turn a playoff team into a super bowl contender. The Pats D is in a major rebuilding process, and I don’t think they can compete with the top AFC teams until they build an elite D, which will probably take at least 2 more years, at which point Peppers could be losing steam. They would still be a great fit for him.
    I think the Eagles, despite this being a high-risk-reward signing, will make a push to get him. They have the offense to carry them to a Super Bowl, but now their D needs to be bolstered. With the return of their MLB Stewart Bradley, the Eagles can be much better. If Peppers is interested in winning a Super Bowl, I think the Eagles would be a good destination for at least next year depending on McNabb’s time, because I have a feeling the Eagles could go all out this offseason to load up their D and offensive line in order to provide McNabb and Reid everything they need to win a Super Bowl vin what could be their last season together.
    The Bears are the last team he should consider. I know the Bears were a huge disappointment last year, but they don’t have the imposing D that they used to, and a defensive end won’t bring that back unless they have the other pieces in place. I think the Bears might be able to sneak into the playoffs if they have a good year, but somehow, I just don’t see them winning a championship while Peppers is there. Ultimately it comes down to whether he will go after money or a championship. The Pats, Eagles, and even Giants may be able to present both.

  22. I mentioned before that we need not only a days without an arrest meter, but also a “days without an invented retarded PFT conspiracy theory”.
    Mr. F, how about an ounce of courage and quit the crap. I know it falls on deaf ears but you really don’t need to be a fake muckraker. You really don’t.
    But then again I doubt you can help yourself.

  23. atlanta…..play and not dissapear? Tommie Harris, Urlacher, Briggs, Peppers. Just can’t see it happening with that kind of leadership around him, no matter how lazy he may be.

  24. Bears are showing signs of desperation. THat is what happened in Carolina that caused Carolina to throw funny money at Peppers and Jake. What they got was a quitter and a turnover machine.

  25. Maybe they should think about picking up some glasses for their QB who seems to have a penchant for throwing to the other teams.

  26. Gobears84….Tommie Harris is not a leader…as soon as he got paid he started playing lazy. That’s not leadership. Peppers would just add to the drama. I vote for Kampman and Rolle.

  27. Hey Gobears84,
    Get over it Douche bag. The 85 Bears are a thing of the way past. Its F’n 25 years ago!
    What is it with you Chi-town Bears fans Get over it already. 25 YEARS AGO!

  28. GBP, I agree with you, almost. You can’t say that Lance Briggs sucks. He is arguabaly the best player on the Bears over the last 3 years. Every one else…”keep it” Bear fans are screwed for years to come.

  29. vikingcole says:
    February 23, 2010 10:13 PM
    Florio go eat a shit covered oreo. You wouldn’t know talent if your wifes name was talent. Mckinnie never allowed a sack in his entire career up until the NFL. The NFL, you know.. the place where the best players in the world fight their hardest to get the quarterback every down. Mckinnie is still one of the best offensive linemen in the game.. Dare i say history. EVEN WHEN HE IS HURT. YOU NIT-WIT.
    Have you ever seen this pathetic dog actually play a down in the NFL? The man was blessed with the physical tools to make him a potential HOF’er, but he is lazy and has zero heart. He will be broke and/or in jail within 5 years.

  30. I think(and hope) that Peppers is going to Philly. It looks like the Eagles are starting to clear out some money by releasing Westbrook. If they keep McNabb, I see them trading Vick to get rid of another 5 mil. Eagles pass rush is already dangerous with the blitz packages, but with Peppers, our front 7 would be VERY hard to stop with the exotic blitzes and 2 pro-bowl DE’s! Come on Philly, sign him!!

  31. I love how all the non bears fans think this would be a horrible move for peppers to go to chicago, but if he went to their team it would be genious. Too many people on here get there feelings hurt when florio or anyone posts there opinions on where players are going. You people need to get a life. I don’t know if any of you understand what this website is about, but maybe you should take a class in understanding what a rumor page is.

  32. Peppers wants to play on a winner. Otherwise he’d stay in Carolina.
    The Bears are re-building.
    It doesn’t matter what the Bears want. What Peppers wants is what matters. Green Bay would be a more likely destination.

  33. Please! for Heck’s sake. Chicago is one of the richest franchises yet they don’t pay for jack. They’re regularly in the top 10 in merchandise sales, they’ve got a brooklyn deli line for season tickets and they are the largest market in between the two coasts that’s not occupied by a certain “America’s Team”. Why don’t they put a little earned money on the D along with investing draft picks. Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet. Just don’t get bought out by the Dannybrat, Oranjulius.

  34. # Politely Stoned says: February 23, 2010 8:47 PM
    Chicago is at Carolina this year, could be interesting if da Bears get him. With Ulracher and him, we’re talking about a ferocious front seven.
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    are you nuts? urlacher will be lucky if he can hold his skirt on past week 3, and peppers is probably the best DE in the league for 3 plays per week, the rest of the time is spent daydreaming and someday finally making manning money on endorsements, if only he didnt look so goofy.
    Bears best bet is to build through the draft…oh wait….
    bears should overtake the pack this year, but will still bow before the masters of the north, the VIKES.

  35. Ross’sSweetMinus says:
    What is it with you Chi-town Bears fans Get over it already. 25 YEARS AGO!
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    In case you haven’t been watching, the Bears have the makings of a solid team. The defense was devastated with injuries last year, the WR corps was young and raw, and the blocking was Orlando Pace. They weren’t a bad team, they just got some bad breaks.
    Now, they have the best QB in their franchise’s history, working with one of the best QB coaches in LEAGUE history, a more mature set of recievers, a rejuvenated RB, a healthy defense and a fire under their ass.
    People also forget they were already in the Bowl just a few years ago. They are not a bad team. They just need to plug a few hole, and then, whether they get Peppers or not, they WILL make some noise this year.
    I’m a Pack fan, and I fear the Bears a lot more than the Vikings at the moment. Watch and see.

  36. Johnnyutah24 says:
    February 23, 2010 9:11 PM
    If the bears get peppers and with martz coming in as our OC. This could be one of the suprise teams next year. Get it done Angelo!
    Dude, your GM sucks. Your head coach sucks and reeks of desperation. Your last 3 quarterbacks are terrible, but 2 of them are ok in Denver. No one’s scared of Urlacher. Matt Forte ain’t nothin. You dummies decided to convert Hester for some stupid reason and ya got guys gettin ejected at the start of games for punching people. Your new DC, wasn’t he the coach of the Lions in the 0-16 year?
    Fire Angelo. He sucks. He’s only well known because he sucks.
    Make Hester the full time returner again if you want to scare teams and get an actual WR.

  37. he’s going to the Pats. OLB replacing Thomas. Florio doesn’t have the connections i do. and since 2002, his rookie year, he’s 3rd in the NFL in sacks with 81. Freeney has 84 and Jason Taylor with 88. i’d love to see what he could do if he wasn’t a slacker.

  38. swedishmafia….
    Good call, id love to see that happen too, I just don’t see that happening, I don’t know, but just seems like angelo has no problems starting a rookie 6 rd. Safety (afalava), so why would he care now? I know they were going to snag mike mitchell in rd. 2 last yr but big al had to take him, I just see angelo making a big run and spend STUPID money on peppers just bc its now or never for his job security. I know tommie harris isn’t a leader, but when he plays he has real talent and promise, I can see him and peppers both feeding off eachother capping off a stout front seven being backed by an old but healthy, and very intelligent (football player, not off field commentary, lol) urlacher, along with the beast briggs, and tinoisomoa looked good before injury last year too. I think if tillman plays like he did last yr and our front 7 will have enough penetration that out mediocre db’s will find them in places to make a play on the ball more often than not.

  39. Oh, I thought the Vikings automatically were getting Peppers and L.T. this year. Hmm, guess they were suppose to win the Super Bowl as well.

  40. He should have stayed in Carolina if he thinks the Bears have a better shot at winning.. At least they have good O-line, Rb’s, and LB core to build around.. The bears might be getting old at some pretty crucial areas.

  41. So the man who invented the charting of loafs (aka players taking off plays) is going to go after Julius Peppers?
    Get your pen and paper ready, Lovie…

  42. I agree with the Kampman suggestion above being the smarter, more economical move. Provided they are active in free agency, the Bears should spread the money around to fill holes on the O-line, the injured interior D-line and thin secondary. Ironically, he’d be a better fit with GB.
    If Peppers goes to the Bears, he truly is all about the Benjamins. The only way the Bears have a shot next year is if the offense carries them. Of course if he signs, we’ll have to listen to another off-season of NFCN champion Bears crap, but we’re all used to that from WI every year anyhow.

  43. # NightTrainNeckTie says: February 24, 2010 12:08 AM
    Please! for Heck’s sake. Chicago is one of the richest franchises yet they don’t pay for jack. They’re regularly in the top 10 in merchandise sales, they’ve got a brooklyn deli line for season tickets and they are the largest market in between the two coasts that’s not occupied by a certain “America’s Team”. Why don’t they put a little earned money on the D along with investing draft picks.
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    The Bears had the 5th highest payroll in the NFL in 2009.
    There is really nothing wrong with looking up facts before posting people.

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