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.